Just moments ago, I was reviewing an older paper and pen journal of mine. I’ve had it for several years. I tend to start a few and bounce in between them, sometimes using one journal for particular types of topics such as creative ideas for plays, character development, etc., while using another for goals, personal development, thoughts, and so forth. You get the idea.
So as I was saying, I was reviewing one of these journals as described above… when I came across something I wrote that still seems rather pertinent for me today. I didn’t date this entry, however. But at the top of the page I had written, “A message from my future self…”
I think I may have written this particular note only a mere few months ago, but either way, I find its message to be somewhat of a timeless nature — at least in regards to myself and my tendencies over the course of my life — and therefore I thought it likely to strike a chord with others as well. As such, I thought I’d share. 🙂
Here’s what I wrote:
First thing is you have to relax. You have to learn to exist more fully in the present moment. Stressing out about the future and your choices (their “rightness” and “wrongness”) is just going to cause you to keep on creating that feeling of uncertainty and stuckness in perpetuity.
Your Power is Now.
…It’s not in the future. It’s now.
Be strong and present. Focus. Breathe. Simply focus on the task at hand, whatever that may be. Nothing else exists. Just you and the eternal moment, focused on your creative task.
Resisting your present reality will keep you stuck.
Imagine a delightful reed of bamboo, yielding with ease to the blowing wind; soaking up the cold wet rain; reveling in the bright warm sun. It is impervious to all. *Rooted firmly in the soil of the present moment, surrender to all external elements; use them to nourish your resilient seed of being in its development and inevitable growth.
(*Note: I added that last sentence just now after transcribing the above.)
May this little bit of wisdom serve you along your creative journey.