Best of ’09 is a series of posts inspired by Gwen Bell’s The Best of 09 Blog Challenge. It’s a challenge designed to help me write more and rediscover more grateful moments in my 2009! Hopefully, 31 posts in 31 days 😉
Ok today’s is short and sweet. This topic’s idea didn’t spring to mind like the last two did. Which is ok.
Afterall, Gwen has given us a ton of freedom in this wonderful writing adventure called The Best of 09 Blog Challenge.
So I thought about what had impacted me over the year. In a way where I revisted it several times. And I wracked my brain… article, article, article. And nothing. Because well, I read a lot.
Anyway, I could feel myself getting sucked into the blackhole where there is an overabundance of unanswered questions that I think need or should be answered before I… before I do something.
Before I write.
So after surrendering the fact that this post would not be about an article, I let my mind roam around a bit and when it settled, I was at TED.
If you don’t know TED, please discover it now. A plethora of thought-provoking and heart-warming information flowed to me this year thanks to this wonderful discovery. A place where people gather together just to talk about important things like world peace and ending hunger & disease.
And one morning, a particular video caught my attention. This is a video I’ve returned to several times this year. To watch again. To remind myself.
This is the video I’ve told many people about. Raved about on the phone and Tweeted about.
It’s about a writer. Sharing with us her perspectives on her creative process.
How many artists want to know about the creative process? It becomes an obsession almost. It has for me.
This writer talks about balancing the fine line between embracing her creativity without letting it drive her mad. Mad with the decent into the darkness that is doubt. Doubt about what I write. Doubt that I have anything to say. Doubt that it’s worth reading.
And she poses the wonderful question asking, “Does it have to be this way?”
Through ancient Greece and Rome, ending in Spain, she helps me discover again that all artists, in the end, toil some but also divinely express something amazing in our creative output.
Elizabeth says, “Don’t be afraid. Just continue to show up for your part of the process.”
Ole to you.