I made it through another week!
Week 2 Theme: “Recovering a Sense of Identity.” This chapter is mainly about identifying, and then staying away from, people who are poisoning your creative recovery. Cameron calls them “crazymakers,” usually themselves blocked creatives who feel threatened by a person successfully embracing his/her own creativity. In many cases, we ourselves are the crazymakers, so we’re reminded to read the artist affirmations every day. We are also instructed to bring our attention to everything – the world, our lives, relationships, and especially our skepticism and doubts.
Morning Pages: Once again I got the morning pages done every day. This week, I looked forward to them as I was waking up. They did not feel like a burden.
Artist Date: I fully planned to do an artist date this week. We’re in the D.C. area and I had hoped to go to the Phillips Collection, a museum I love and haven’t visited in years. Unfortunately, the nice TSA man at the security checkpoint noticed that my driver’s license had expired. On the one hand, I should be grateful because I hadn’t realized. On the other hand, I now cannot drive in good conscience until I get it renewed. I thought about walking over to the Herndon library, which is near my in-law’s house, but it has been raining BUCKETS the past two days. So sue me. No artist date this week. I’ll make sure I get one in next week.
Any “Aha” Moments? Not this week. My gremlin would tell me it’s bad karma as a result of skipping the Artist Date. 😉
A few favorite quotes from the Week 2 chapter:
“Often, creativity is blocked by our falling in with other people’s plans for us. We want to set aside time for our creative work, but we feel we should do something else instead. As blocked creatives, we focus not on our responsibilities to ourselves, but on our responsibilities to others. We tend to think such behavior makes us good people. It doesn’t. It makes us frustrated people.”
“In creative recovery, it is not necessary that we change any of our beliefs. It is necessary that we examine them.”
“The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.”
I’m still not quite sure about the first quote, but it definitely struck a chord with me. How do you balance your need to create with the needs of others in your lives? Is it even possible?Creativity, The Artist's Way · Tags: Creativity, Julie Hedlund, The Artist's Way, Writer