Habits like Dishes
Creating habits, healthy, fruitful, productive and longstanding habits, this is like doing the dishes.
I use pots and pans, spatulas and spoons and plates and mugs. I make a big ole mess and then I enjoy the fruit of that labor and mess and work. I sit back and enjoy it with family and friends. I'm filled and rewarded.
And behind the scenes, sitting there in the workspace, the kitchen, is the gritty work of setting things right again for the next creation, the next adventure. I have two choices:
1. Leave the mess, burn the kitchen down and avoid the work of starting fresh.
2. Dive in, set things in order with joy for the greater vision of what's next and then rest for the coming day.
If you're the one ignoring the mess until inspiration strikes, well, you may very well miss the boat as you scramble for clarity in action.
On the other hand, if you've done the dishes, if you're creative space, your mind, your heart and your soul have been taken care of and your house is in order... well, when inspiration strikes you can hit the canvas swinging with everything you've got.
How about you? How's your rhythm of inspiration, creation, enjoyment, reset and rest?