After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, I was inspired to create more. My preferred form of creativity is writing. Just as Gilbert advises, I write for me, because I love writing and writing loves me. I am not writing as a career, but as a passion, a creative outlet.
Throughout the book, Gilbert provides advice and a general push for everyone to be creative every day. Whatever your preferred form of creativity, find it and do it! She describes the big magic as those times when you are creating and a great idea hits (inspiration for a plot line, a subject for a painting, a design, etc.) and you can’t stop the momentum.
In a time where so many people struggle to find a work/ home life balance, I think it is more important than ever to encourage one another to find our big magic. The world could use a little more creativity (in varied forms!). I know that for me, writing makes me happier. I know others who love creating through music, sewing, quilting, coloring, drawing, taking photos, painting, or home decorating. When I picture the faces of my friends as they are creating, I see a lot of concentration, but also a sense of peace. Maybe not laugh-out-loud smiles, but an overwhelming calmness that is often lacking during the stressful moments at work or while running errands in our busy lives.
During creation, we are often in our calmest state of being. Mindful of the moment. Living in the present and enjoying each second.
So go out today and find your big magic, or practice creating so that your big magic can find you! And encourage friends, family and colleagues to do the same – for all of our peace of mind.