The last thing one knows is what to put first.
— Blaise Pascal
PUTTING YOUR CREATIVITY FIRST
Kathlyn, my wife and creative partner of two decades, made a creative breakthrough that she credits with revitalizing her life. Here’s what happened, in her words: “One day I realized that when I didn’t do the creative work I loved—writing poetry, doing movement improvisation, journaling—I was more critical of people around me. In other words, when I didn’t access my creativity, I not only gave myself a hard time; I gave others a hard time, too. I decided to start putting my creative work first every day. Instead of paying bills or doing dishes first, and doing creative work later if I wasn’t too tired, I reorganized my priorities. Creative work came first, and I did my chores later. The most amazing thing happened. First, of course, I got more creative work done, but I also had more energy later for chores. Everybody else in the family liked this new arrangement better, too. They got a new-and-improved model of Kathlyn, one who made good on her commitment to her creativity.”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – OCTOBER 5
As an experiment, change your priority of activities for a few days. Put your creative work first. If you want to write in your journal or do some painting or move to music, do a few minutes of it first thing in the day. Try this for a few days, taking note of any changes in your mood and energy level.
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