Whispers and Creativity
It was a long, long time ago. I still remember it as sharply as a sunny summer day. The advice was heartfelt and genuine and I bought it without question. It took me decades to discover that although delivered “in my best interest,” it was not the truth for me. And now, in retrospect, the only thing that matters is that I did not know enough then to listen to my own whispers. Where do you hear your whispers?
I was always an artist in my own mind, as a child. Yet it never entered my mind that I actually could be an artist. When the nuns told me not to take math classes in middle school, and instead try Home Economics, well … I just did what I was told. So today, math is not my thing. Go figure.
What is important is that I heard those whispers way back then. The whispers spoke to me even if I did not recognize them as creativity, a calling, inspiration, or a call to action.
I believe we all have whispers that are screaming to get our attention. And the sooner we listen to them, with respect and playfulness, the sooner we arrive where we truly want to be…doing what we truly want to do.
Where do you hear your whispers? Most likely it’s while you are in silence or when you feel your own brand of yummy giggles. Both are places of honor and are not to be taken lightly or given away.
Rule #1 in “10 Little Rules for your Creative Soul” is Thou Shalt Not Steal. Do not steal from yourself the holy sound of silence where your whispers will be heard loud and clear. Do not steal from yourself when you experience moments of pure bliss and pass it off as silly. Do not steal from yourself the opportunity to hear your own whispers. If you ignore the whispers, the cosmic 2 x 4 will arrive to somehow get your attention. That, my friends, is not fun.
Give yourself the gift of silence. Honor yourself and open yourself to what you are trying to express.