Listen To Your Work

“The paint is talking to you. The brush is talking to you. The canvas is talking to you. Your job is to listen to what it is saying, to follow it where it takes you, and to share what you find with others.” —To my daughter One morning while I was writing, my daughter sat…

Looking For A Detail Of Hope

The ability to appreciate and rejoice in the tiniest details of our lives can be extrapolated out to an immense sense of gratitude for the bigger picture if we allow it to. Sometimes life, with all of the complexity and challenges it presents to us from day to day, can become overwhelming. There are times…

From Picture To Post (Or From Post To Picture)

One of the greatest joys of the creative process, at least for me, is surprise. Among other creative outlets, I write every day. Some days, I start with a clear idea as to what I want to write about. On other days, I simply start and wait to see what happens. In either case, what…

The Joyful Mystery Of Creativity

We do not necessarily get to choose what inspires us. If we are dedicated to doing creative work, we must rely to some degree or another on inspiration. We do not always know where it will come from. It may be intrinsic or it may be extrinsic. Our job is to show up, to be…

Creating A Sustainable Definition Of Success

If our success is contingent upon climbing someone else’s ladder, what happens to us if the ladder breaks, gets stolen, or sold whilst we are mid-climb? When we really think about it, relying on other people’s definitions of success is not sustainable. It is a moving target. If we rely on others to define success…