What do you hear?
Unfortunately, for many of us, we live in a constant state of chaos. We are overbooked, over-stressed, over-worked. We have children who need us to take care of them, co-workers who rely on us to do our part, customers who are waiting for us to fulfill their needs. There are emails to check, phone messages to return, blogs to update. And that doesn’t even take into account our Facebook time.
Then there is creativity; that little voice inside of us urging us to come and play. Most of the time, creativity doesn’t speak loudly, doesn’t demand our attention. And it’s really hard to hear a whisper among the din.
Do you remember trying to do your homework while watching TV as a teenager? If you were lucky to have a mom like mine, she let you sit there once or twice- and maybe you were able to complete anything that was pure regurgitation; where you read a passage and then answered the questions at the end of the chapter. When it came time for the essays mother sent me packing…away from the television and from the noise of the house so I could focus and write and create.
Creativity does not from chaos come.
So as hard as it , as much as your competing activities howl and bang pots to drown out the quiet (and they WILL -especially when you start to turn a little consistent attention inward), find yourself some silence. And if you can’t find any, demand it and create at it by any means possible. Creativity comes out of quiet and from listening to that still, small voice inside of you.
What happens when you start to truly listen?