Some people feel compelled to do what they have a passion for, whether it's in business, politics or the arts. For us, it's the creative angle that brings a sense of "this is what we were created to do," in our lives.
But sometimes that creative process isn't all inspiration.
Most days it's a giant struggle. There are things to do, problems to deal with, schedules to keep, and fires to put out. All of these crop up in our lives as resistance to keep us from getting out what's bursting inside. And then slowly, looking for every available hour we can snag, we get it out. Whether it be expressing it in words, through colors, with a pencil, or in song.
It's there, a part of us, and it needs to be expressed. We discover how much we love to bring to the world this creativity that finds light inside of us, and we want to spend all of our time producing it and sharing it with the world.
But through the process, once we make that decision to breech the inclusion of what we create, and seek to share it with others, we put ourselves at risk. We become vulnerable in doing a thing we so badly want to do. We leave that safe place.
For some, when they have to climb that wall, it becomes too hard to continue, and their craft never flies beyond the boundaries of a personal hobby. The powers of resistance beat them down, and they keep their gift hidden inside.
For others, they decide to push beyond that hurdle. They seek to become better at what they do, and they risk their safe identity to do it for a living. They decide they are going to jump, and when they do, it becomes exhilarating, and yet at the same time, far harder than before.
Doubt surges. Was it worth it? Why am I doing this? Is this not only a smart, but responsible thing to do? All these questions crop up, and all these questions keep us at a sluggish pace, if any pace at all.
And then rejection comes, either with the sales in your Etsy shop not being so great, or that one editor rejecting your work, or people disregarding what you thought was the best work you've ever done.
The resistance and the struggle causes a person to doubt if they will ever be good enough, or if they've made the right choices, especially after the experience of failure or rejection. Do they truly have what it takes, even with all the gifts they've been given?
And then sometimes, even through all the failure and rejection, one just needs to let go, to finish what they've started, and trust in what is greater than you.
Doubt. Failure. Rejection. Struggle. The pain of working for something, even when you don't feel like working at all, all of it are blessings in disguise. They are steps in accomplishing something that means more than one could ever imagine.
Passion will always clash with resistance, and it takes more than a strong desire to bring that passion to life. It takes work. Even in those times when your passion is a flicker of light in the back of your heart, it is the work that builds the fire. This is the case with everything in life, beyond the realms of creativity, and into the boundaries of our personal relationships. The work is always needed.
The key is, you have been given a gift and it is meant to be shared. But the sharing does not come easy. You must strap on your sandals and walk across the heavy sand, working tirelessly to share what you've been given.
And this is the instrument to share it with: work. Work, work, work. Fill the gaps of the idleness in your life, jump over the hurdles of doubt, and just work. Work with the gifts you've been given, and never stop. The knowledge will come. The results will follow. The progress will be made. But not until you work.
This week as we've struggled with these very things in our own life, we came across this little video. And though it be short, it has a powerful message for all the creative types, or any types at all. We hope you enjoy it.