Ultimately the lesson for us all? It’s imperative that we focus on the non-monetary gifts we receive when sharing our creativity. Yes, the creative process reaches into our personal depths of expression. Indeed, once completed, alone, we admire our accomplishment with pride. BUT, this simple sacred time of personal celebration is all too often interrupted by destructive thought patterns. Our sense of competition, seeking to be liked, and defending our creative choices and skill (or lack thereof) are woven tightly within the analytical, process-driven left side of the brain that is sometimes referred to as the ‘seat of the ego’. We no longer are happy with the simple pride of accomplishment but need affirmations and hope that others will want what we produced and offer us a reward or payment in exchange.
Let’s keep these quotes from Chase Jarvis in mind whenever we find the need for praise overshadowing our quiet pride when we finish a major creative project:
1). “I don’t create art to get high-dollar projects, I do high-dollar projects so I can create more art.”
2). “When you love your work, there’s a feeling that it needs to be in the world. It doesn’t feel like “selling” if you believe your stuff will make people happier, make them think, drive social change, help people feel more fulfilled, entertained, whatever.”
As a writer-friend, Paul Tanner says, “Write on!”