What if you do an amazing job with your job?
What if you try really, really hard to do the best you possibly can with the job you already have? What do you think might happen? So many times a client tells me, “I’m not creative” and it breaks my heart. Creativity gets a bad rap, assumed to be the exclusive domain of painters and writers and designers and great cooks. We compare our mundane, linear-driven days to other people’s stellar artistic accomplishments and the gulf between us seems too wide to cross, even intellectually. You think what you do daily—selling houses or teaching fifth graders or answering phones isn’t creative. But in her book ‘Big Magic’, Elizabeth Gilbert she tells us, “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures—A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
The book Big Magic is about her thoughts on creativity—what it is, how it happens, and what feeds it. She’s a writer but I think this advice applies to anybody. My mother was a canning genius, expressing her creativity in rows and rows of jewel-like jelly jars. She had five kids and virtually no money, but she could somehow find a laden fruit tree with an owner willing to give the fruit away. My mother stocked our station wagon with folded brown paper shopping bags. If the opportunity for creativity presented itself, she was ready for it.
So, when the opportunity for creatively living your life presents itself, are you prepared? What if you grab hold of the life you have, right now, this minute, and make the decision to have a go at it in the best, most soul-driven, most creative way possible? I ask you again, what do you think might happen?
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