I intended to follow up on my last post and devote some attention to 'human' service as opposed to customer service because as creatives the disturbing things, as much as the beautiful things in the world, are ones we must absorb in order to feed our creativity. Owing to the great good fortune of some colleagues material I wanted to use in this post being considered for other more visible platforms, of which I am very excited for them, I have had to rethink this week's LATE (sorry:) blog post.
In a short span of time since starting this blog, I have known a lot of newer disappointment, sadness and fear and also had to confront hurts that I tried to escape this summer. But I cannot escape anything that happens to me. Nor can you. So what do I, you do instead, with all that negative matter?
As creatives we have to allow those things to seep into our skin and use them to be better at our work, our lives. While I wanted to touch on some things happening globally, I don't quite have the raw materials I need...so my raw material this week is my own. I am not going to share details except to offer this...I don't take for granted for one minute those hurts and heartaches and disappointments and sadness I have experienced since late last year because they are informing how I will stand up to others that will inevitably come and go as I continue to build my own consultancy and hell, just live my life.
If you, I as a creative can be grateful for rather than take for granted every success as well as every failure, every heartache as well as every first kiss, every lost trusted kindred spirit as well as every new friend, every mourned soul as well as every rediscovered memory of them, then we will all be better at what we create, why we create it and who we create it for.
And perhaps when we get to a place where we are doing exactly what we want professionally and being appreciated for it and generally enjoying every part of our own lives and we discover we may have nothing new to offer creatively, there will always be someone there to spur us on with one of the most challenging things we as creatives can encounter. A single question...