Just what does it mean to lead the “creative” life. In part, it speaks to how we respond to our daily experience – and perhaps especially to our mundane experience – the interactions at our day job, the immediate requirements of house and home, family and friends, self-nurturing.
Every day has an obvious blessing for us, and perhaps also something hard which may also be a blessing, but which we must digest and convert through some considerable effort. The artistic personality not only is cognizant of obvious and less obvious daily blessings, but integrates the experience of these blessings into her daily moments of application to her art.
Our patient and humble Composer, our Lady of Music for Art, has not yet arrived at that point in her artistic career where she can hang up the day job. So she grins and bears up, and finds ways to appreciate the relationships, the demands, the feedback she may benefit from during this period in her process that she must commit to an 8:00 – 4:30 office job. One of the more challenging aspects of that commitment is her response to the power politics of office life. She is not one for participating in this kind of struggle for dominance, and as a result, she has found herself, more than once, the recipient of the dominant behaviors of others. In her early years, she whined and cried “victim, victim am I!” But as she matured, she saw some benefit from these experiences of aggressive behaviors in the office. Firstly, she tapped in to a sense of humility – she recognized her limitations in this realm of the power play. She found these experiences to be opportunities to connect more deeply with herself, to be more accepting of herself, and to remind herself of where her values and priorities lay. And beyond that even, she found the capacity to encourage the power players themselves, to recognize that this behavior was essential to who they were and to even help them process in a positive way their need for dominance and recognition in the office.
You have been given a unique gift and responsibility. It is your task to look at the world through a special interpretive lens on loan to you from the Creator. With this lens you see what is inside, you see motivations, you see themes, you see continuity and discontinuity. And beyond that, your mind conceptualizes this input, transforms concept into concrete, and brings something new into the physical world which illuminates the way for others.
Even though we find the greatest peace, the greatest sense of connection during those precious moments of the day when we are engaged directly in our creative projects, nevertheless we appreciate more and more that we are walking, or can be walking, every minute our creative life. And this awakening in you will be a great comfort to you, and will create great continuity and satisfaction for you in your artist’s walk through each day.