Lolita, our hardworking Composer of Music for Art, has been taking that long walk in the dark (groping in the dark) lately with a new project. The challenges associated with these points in the creative cycle are compounded for her because she cannot necessarily progress as quickly as she might otherwise because of her day job. She has really been busting her tail at work so she can feel good about leaving at 4:30 each day and have nothing on her mind other than sweet anticipation of the precious moments in her evening when she will be productively engaged in her project.
Nevertheless, her frustration level has been rising as of late, because she is ready technically now to move projects along more quickly, to grow her creative business more aggressively on several fronts. Deuce, her loyal Spaniel muse, has noticed of late Lolita’s rather heightened anxiety level and suggested she put in for a vacation.
She did. In fact, she left at lunch on Thursday – the bold girl – for a glorious 6 business days of pure Lolita for Lolita. Needless to say, on their Thursday afternoon walk, Deuce expressed some concern about her fantasies of trips to Florida, the Netherlands, or points significantly west and out of the way of encroaching hurricanes. He gently suggested to Lolita the most advantageous approach to a satisfying vacation might be more about diving deeper into her creative life, in all its richness.
To that end, Deuce suggested they start off with a longer walk than usual on Friday morning. These walks are always a source of inspiration for Lolita, an opportunity first off to get out of her own skin a bit and be sensitive to Deuce’s Spaniel needs – sniffing, business, squirrel terrorizing, making new dog and people friends. As Lolita observes Deuce, she relates his involvements to her own creative process. His sniffing, an infinite source of pleasure for him, is her own infinite reaching for more subtle detail in her work, for a stronger technical execution, for greater endurance to work more, for the discovery of fresh subjects, styles, approaches.
So this longer walk with Deuce really was a brilliant start to Lolita’s vacation. Rather than allowing the vacation to steer her off course completely from her valuable creative routines and values, she used the extra time to reaffirm and deepen her commitment and involvement in her process. And she struck right at the core of that process – which is her daily morning walks with Deuce, engaging in creative thought.
All great, if you are on vacation. But perhaps you are not. Your devotion to your work, your focus, the sacrifice you make, creates powerful energy for your precious daily moments of focus on creative projects. And you use vacations and other unexpected windows of free time, to dive deeper into your creative existence, into your process. For this is the “relaxation” for you – the nurturing of your creative soul, the freedom to engage more fully in creative thought and the execution of your conception.