I was in the bathroom doing my hair in curls around five this afternoon. J was taking us out for Saturday night family dinner. The last time we had a night out was before Ms O and I left for the Phoenix last April. That was Nandos. Barbeque was the craving then. Tonight, the craving was for sushi and suku yaki. So we decided to go to Koganei, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto in my humble opinion.
But this blog isn’t about food. Nor is it about family dinners out. It’s about this talk that I caught by Elizabeth Gilbert of the Eat, Pray, Love fame on nurturing creativity. Which is why I began with the hair in the bathroom activity. I always watch something interesting when doing my hair and I find TEDTalks very engaging and always interesting.
Here, watch Ms. Gilbert being her brilliant self and if you’re as touched as I am, do return for more from me. I’ll share about the things that piqued my interest and do let me know what did it for you too.
So how’d you like it? Next to Dr. Brene Brown’s TedTalks, I love Ms. Gilbert’s for her inspiration and willingness to be vulnerable about her fear of “this being the last and only great thing I’ll ever write in this lifetime…” I’m really interested in what she shares about That Thing In The Corner and how she’s managed to create a some sort of a compromise with it: Let the records show…I’ll show up and do my part, now you do yours.
I can relate to the following seven accounts:
1) I know what it is, what it’s like, what it takes to show up. And the painful flip-side: to not show up. Some days, this can be the damnest and hardest thing to do.
2) I, too, grappled (and continue to) with this feeling of emptiness after a big song-and-dance number. As with the African transcendence story, I know how the Allah/Ole factor fades and indeed, what’s left is a bereft being, ordinary and feeling the emptiness even more deeply.
3) I, too, have brushed up with this genius/divine creative entity/Socrates’ daimon many times – in the shower, while washing dishes, on a relaxed walk outdoors, while biking, while cooking, while doing the most mundane tasks imaginable.
4) I, too, have ran to pen and paper and sometimes to the voice recorder app on the phone and noted the project down. Some came to pass, some didn’t. But from my personal experience, when I listened and obeyed, it almost always brought so much joy, not necessarily success and money, but sheer joy and a feeling of being propelled forward and if not to realizing a dream, moving closer to it.
5) I, too, remember conversations with That Thing (I call mine The Voice that sometimes sounds like Morgan Freeman but most of the time sounds just like a wiser, more benevolent version of me) where I bargain, beg, whine for reassurance, another chance or plead for thanks-but-no-thank-you-ma’am-sir.
6) The times that I chanced and trusted and showed up were the best times.
7) The times I didn’t listen, ignored, rebelled against the Work, I got hurt, more confused and feeling like square one do-over round the mountain we go again.
Which is A-ok. If one likes doing it the loooong way.
So with that, I wish you short-cuts and showing up in a most Olé kind of way!
‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”(Elizabeth Gilbert)