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  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach


Our ideas come from omnidirectional sources. Different sights, stories and sounds. Different cultures, beats and interactions. Internal attitudes, moods and random thoughts. Faith and freedom to engage. Confrontations. Celebrations.

You get the idea.

Which means that in our creative pursuits there are no bounds on inspiration. There is no absolutely pure form of any sound, scene or story line - all creativity is appropriated (borrowed, pieced apart, taken ownership of) from another time and place and then recreated here and now and through your unique abilities, ideas and calling.

I've been reading Night by Elie Weisel. Aside from the raw and gritty true story that it is, I caught a hint of caution about the arts during his time early on working in the concentration camp. A relevant observation for you and I, for artists.

Talking about a marching band made up of enslaved Jews, Elie recalled how one of the musicians truly missed playing a classical song by a German composer. He missed it for its beauty and the joy it brought in both playing and hearing. Why not just play it in his spare time? Because Jews weren't allowed to play the sounds and stylings of German artists.

Catch that?

Creatives. Art surpasses time and space and culture. Let it. Grab it. Lean into it. Freedom and unity is found in this inspiration and adoption beyond tribe, border and belief.

Caution. The moment we begin to set up boundaries on who can create, perform and proclaim __________... well, lets just say that creative concentration camps will be just around the corner.

Q. What are you inspired by? What are you inspired to create in this season?

Q. Does it build up or tear down? Creativity is the embodiment of building, uniting and sharing with the other. Are you building the other up with your creative pursuits?

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

Who lets you know when you're ready to pass Go?

I mean, who do you share your work with for critique, advice, approval, challenge and change before sharing it with your tribe and beyond?

This person / people are trustworthy. Maybe they're a small group of fans you invite in for a look behind the scenes and an honest opinion. Maybe a writing group. Maybe this is someone who knows your goals, understands your process and has your best journey in mind.

Whoever they are, you trust them to let you know when your new song, book, script, design or series has truly worked it's way through your creative process, what it needs for clarity and cohesion, is honest about the best work you can do, and is ready to pass Go into the real world.

Q. So, who lets you know when your work is ready?

Q. How are you setting healthy expectations for their critiques and comments?

Q. Are you mature enough to respond with thick skin, open hands and a soft heart?

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

Happy Lexicon Thursday! Life happens all around us. Seen and unseen. Spiritual and in the flesh and soil. And we experience it all through different perspectives in different seasons of life. Our lives are omnidimensional. Here's a bite of another chapter of my forthcoming book: A Lexicon of Awesome.


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Do your kids have ideas? Like, dozens of ideas? Per day? My kids have a million. Ideas about their future vocation; inventions waiting to come to life; adventures that need to take shape tonight; parties that need to be hopping; games that haven’t been created yet; foods that would taste great if applesauce were involved; ways God could reveal Himself to us on a hike in the forest. An endless multitude of ideas.

As a dad I have the honor of nurturing these lightning strikes. I get to foster space and time and talents, omnidimensional elements of discovery. I get to speak both the gritty reality, “You’re not quite ready for that yet,” all the while saying, “You’ll never be ready if you don’t practice and discover and research and fail and get back up.” Multi-directional love through guidance.

Encourage, yet reign in.

Challenge and invite.

Chisel off the rough edges, then polish the talents and abilities and divine gifts.

Prepare for doomsday while helping build bridges to all those others.


Keep an eye out for A Lexicon of Awesome: the melancholic's journey to a better world of divine words in the fall of 2020.