Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 12th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
Well my friend, we are approaching a landmark day in this Eadarian Journey. December 2 is the day I will be recording the audio book, of my book. Yes, when people get my book in audio form, it will be my voice that they hear. They will hear me, the storyteller, telling his tales.
This is so exciting. The studio is booked, the hotel booked, the time off work scheduled, funds available, car prepped, the whole 9 yards. I can hardly stand the excitement.
Yet, all this excitement is a dual edge sword that not only is providing joy and clearing the way for great things to come – it is also poised to cut my feet right out from under me. Allow me to explain.
Why is it that the more exciting something becomes, the easier it is to get distracted from what matters most by that which matters least… or at least less?
With less than 1 week to go until I’m actually recording my book – when I need to be focused on knowing my stories so well and have articulated them so often that the delivery is natural, in perfect time and rhythm, with exquisite intonation and subtlety – I find that as the excitement builds, the more the desire to do more also builds. I want to be doing more. More fiddling, more photos, more new story writing, more building networks with other storytellers – more… more…. More!
All of which are honorable desires, yet they are not what should be of principle concern just now. The book, which in many ways is the corner stone of what is being done, must be the top priority for the next week or so. Then priorities can shift. But knowing this has not helped keep the priorities in their proper places.
Perhaps the more excited a person gets the more he wants to do that at which he’s best; so that a creative person experiences a drastic increase in the desire to create, to create and TO CREATE. Even though the focus needs to be on finishing that which the creativity has started.
Another distraction is the whole exhaustion factor. Where all you want to do is take a break, to rest. Because you have pushed so hard, gone so far, finishing some things and starting others (at the same time very often) it is easy to get tired physically and mentally; so that the temptation is just to stop and rest. To do nothing and just take a much needed well earned break.
Many in number are the legitimate distractions from finishing well.
One of the annoying nuances of life, at least that I have found, is that of maintaining balance. The annoying part is that once you have achieved it, and have what you think is a life full of balance – you look and suddenly there are new depths of meaning to balance that you did not know of before. And as a result, there are many things that you discover you have not brought into balance. Levels that until now, you never knew existed. One of life’s, other than small, annoyances.
“There is a time and a place for everything…” as the ancient proverb goes. Finding these times and places is turning out to be the journey of a lifetime….
Until next time my friends,
Live Nobly, Live Well
Eadarian Poet, Perpetuator, Photographer, and Fiddle Player