The creative process is a lifelong exercise in surrender.
artists, we accept that we do not have magical control over the world. We bow
to the universe as a chaotic and mysterious place that isn’t obligated to make
us productive and pay for our dreams.
We consent that humanity isn’t mature
enough to control the important things. And we embrace the fact that the only
thing we have power over is our discipline.
That’s the reality of our limited
control. It’s the daily practice of showing up every day and seeking what is
fresh and spontaneous and interesting in the same place we looked for it
The hard part is doing so
despite ideal conditions. Meaning, practicing discipline even when we don’t
feel like it.
Discipline even when we’re not having fun.
Discipline even when
the world screams that we’re wrong.
Discipline even when we see no point in
Discipline even when we’re not at our best.
Discipline even when
nobody’s around to correct us.
Discipline even when we’re presented with
logical evidence that it isn’t working.
Discipline even when it’s inconvenient,
unpopular or uncomfortable.
Discipline even when we’re forced to continue
working without seeing results.
Discipline even when the data suggest there are
Next time you start to feel the controlling instinct welling up
inside of you, instead of trying to white knuckle the world, simply release
your grip on life and just let the discipline carry you.
Soon, you’ll gain
confidence with smaller acts of control, and gradually work up to facing your
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