A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
Amen. That is why creating is so important. Your creations not only light you up, they help others. They heal, they inspire, they inform, they educate, they entertain. They take us to other places, they take us deep within.
Let loose and let your creations flow. Many of my clients have a slight panic attack when their book is done and it’s time to release it to the world. Why? Because if we put something out there, we are opening ourselves up to judgment.
Bring it on.
Even my weekly missive here gets “attacked” by those who don’t resonate. “That’s a whole lotta sugar that I just can’t swallow.” I’ve once been told that “you happy people make me sick.” What can I do but go on my merry way and let them go theirs.
You can look at everything with different lenses. You can simply accept that not everyone is going to like your creation. That’s okay. There’s plenty of people who will. Focus on them. Or you can say like Byron Katie, “Everyone loves me; they just don’t know it yet.”
Make your film, your piece of theatre, your piece of music, your book. Do what makes your heart happy. The rest will fall into place. And judgement? It only stings a little and then it floats away. Look at the bigger picture. As Elizabeth Gilbert said, “I am lucky to be criticized for my work. It means I have a public voice.”
At that same Seattle creativity workshop I attended with the said Liz, my colleague Angella Johnson also gave a wonderful short breakout session that talked about facing judgement. When we open ourselves up to receive the judgement, we also open ourselves up to receive all the amazing goodness that comes our way when release our creations into the world. The blessings far outweigh any harsh comments that may (and probably won’t) come at you.
Words do hurt, for sure, but words also heal. Books, concerts, plays, wacky art, silly poems, crazy creations all serve a glorious purpose, for us when we make them and for others when they partake of them. Our creations are the balm that others long for to patch up their dusty wounds, to give them hope, to get them through another day.
Let’s make a pinky promise to do what we can, with what we have, where we are at now. Let’s make our stuff and send it out to the world to do its own alchemical magic. We are just one piece of the puzzle. The end user offers its sensitivities to the piece. Our creations are a collaboration of souls. I want what you have to give. Let us love and uplift. Let us create and share. Let us make a difference. Let us change the world.