Watching the surfers at a beach in San Francisco this morning, I was struck by the similarity of constant chatter in my mind (creative and otherwise) and the constant flow of waves coming towards the surfers. They carefully watched the incoming waves and made a choice of which ones to align with and perhaps ride towards shore. From deep within, the place where I am the most awake, compassionate and loving, I heard a voice say “if they caught every wave they would be exhausted”. No kidding.
It really helped tame my inner creative catalyzer who gets wave after wave of creative impulses or inspirations, and not always the time or energy to follow them all to fruition.
I am good about documenting my inspirations in some fashion- a sketch, note, recorded message- but I get so much “raw material” it gets overwhelming sometimes. I loose things in all my documentation, and then find them later.
The thing is, that later moment almost always feels like the “correct” moment for their revealing.
Still, I often hear with equal emphasis, “wow I wrote or conceived that!” and “why did I not immediately follow up with this useful idea?”.
Oh well, just like everyone else, I am still learning and growing into the person I am becoming.
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