5:31pm Claremont, California
I admire great artist–in any form of art. I try to describe the feeling I get when I am in front of their work and my words fail.
Artist, whether a painter, a sculptor, or a writer usually start working inside, trying to visualize their next master piece. Every artist has a different process of inspiration, and visualization. Sometimes it takes months before they can sit in front of their blank canvas. They imagine what they are going to do, how they are going to do it, what brushes they will use, what landscape their story will be on.
Sometimes my clients come to me as they stand in front of their blank canvas wondering what to create next in their lives. I am familiar with the feeling.
Five years ago, I had just ended a business and got ready to build the next one in a snap of fingers. I had the blank canvas right in front of me. Dedication and creativity didn’t even cross my mind. I had turned my back on them during my teens years, trying to survive. I was ready to dribble any form of life transition, or personal growth. I had no time to waste. In less than 2 months I had formed a partnership and was up and running again. The business went down as fast as it came to life. As a coconut falls from a palm tree–CRASH!
The truth always lights the way, there was no way for me to ignore what was ending. It meant something in my life. Like strawberries and cream. Hard to ignore. Failing to dribble the transition, gave me the opportunity to bring body and the right level of gratitude to the life experience I was ending. It also gave me the opportunity to reconnect with things I had forgotten about myself, personal treasures I had buried with the worrisome of life.
This life transition of mine. My personal growth time. Gave me a bigger canvas and the elements to recreate, like a great artist. I learned to honor my time, my creativity, my natural process. Before I was afraid to take time. I lived in competition. Always pushing for results and looking over my shoulder.
If something is ending in your life, give your self the right amount of time to create what is next. Don’t rush to take action.
I’ll share with you some tips that helped me stay connected and optimistic about my vision:
- Meditate. Even 5 minutes a day will help keep your thoughts healthy, making you feel good about what you are about to create. I go to my garden to snip off dead leaves and I relate them to my ugly thoughts
- Spend time with cool people. They will serve as inspiration
- Do your best to stay away from toxic people. Something real cool happened for me while transitioning, I started attracting new friends, and those who were not resonating with who I am, simply vanished
- Consume books, blogs, movies, music, anything and everything that puts your imagination to work and frees your spirit
- Try something new every week. Allow yourself to be seduced by something that makes you tickle in a (new) strange way
- Read the unexpected!
Trust the process. Life can be great when created from a pure, imaginative place.
Photo by: Alex Dram