I’d like the thank the smart and sassy person who provided this morning’s chuckle…but I have no idea of the source. If you do, let me know. I saved it as a scrap. (Yes, I’m still working out my organizational issues…it’s akin to the mess I make when I clean a closet…everything needs to come out, but wowzers – I hate the motivational buzz kill when you create a cyclone scene before the cleaning commences. Don’t you agree?)
Back to the scrap, my barely discernible, sun-faded and raggedy scrawl. I understand from my friend Michelle that this precious tidbit is a popular pin on Pinterest. She’s right – I found it there – betwixt and between other ‘motivational’ bon mots. Maybe the scrappy version I found was a remnant saved by one of my relatives? Maybe it’s a voice from the past – from my mom, who was a painter and a creative, tortured soul in her own way? I dunno, but I LIKE it.
Such a build-up. I can hear you thinking – just share it already! Here you go:
Stages in the Creative Process
- This is Awesome
- This is Tricky
- This is Crap
- I AM Crap
- This Might be Okay
- This is Awesome
Think about your last creative foray…did you run the gamut, from #1 all the way back to #6 – basking in your awesomeness? That’s a fun, full-circle experience, I say. Me? I often get stuck after I pat myself on the back (#1) and find myself lingering at #5 – but only after I schmooze myself out of the quagmire that is #4: I create crap; therefore, I am CRAP.
Most of all, these silly ‘stages’ make me laugh. Even when our creations don’t meet the wacky, often arbitrary standards we set for ourselves, we’re still making something…from nearly nothin’ – whether it’s artistry in words, painting, photography, music. For that, I say everyone deserves praise and admiration and a resounding standing ovation…I declare you…AWESOME.
As a reward, I’d love to send you a cupcake…all pretty with extra sprinkles. Since that’s impractical, just imagine…and enjoy.