The Magic of Creativity

The holidays are here.

I love the lights, the music, the aromas and most of all, the seemingly necessary “excuse” to be kind toward one another.

Now with this being said, something interesting happened during the holidays last year.

It suddenly dawned on me that I tend to experience a more profound feeling of the holiday on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day. It has always been this way for me, but until I had this epiphany, I wasn’t sure why.

But I think I know now.

And this insight, as far as I’m concerned, has a message within it that brings awareness to a new way of creating the results we experience.

The Magic of Creativity

If you think about it, Christmas Eve is a lot like cooking.

Have you ever noticed that while preparing a meal…

  • The aromas are at their most potent?
  • The pride in setting the table and making it look pretty brings happiness?
  • The plating process involves the use of colors, decor and artistry?
  • And the anticipation of what’s to come is filled with excitement?

Now think about this…

Once the meal is prepared, the aromas are no longer as noticeable.

What was once a beautiful table setting now has crumbs and spills on the tablecloth.

There is a mountain of dishes to do.

And the hunger that drove the preparation of the meal itself is now fulfilled.

Now. of course, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the after effects of the meal. Quite the contrary, it was something to be enjoyed and appreciated.

But that magical feeling that went along with the creative process is no longer present…and that, in and of itself, is noticeable.

It is to me anyway.

You may be wondering if I’m trying to make a point.

Stay with me.

Creating Anticipation vs. Experiencing Results

Think about what Christmas Eve looks like from a distance.

  • The gifts are (almost) perfectly wrapped under the tree.
  • The family members arrive and spend time looking forward to the expression on the recipient’s face as each individual opens their gifts.
  • Everyone gets excited wondering what their own packages hold for them.
  • People gather around and sing Christmas songs while looking forward to the holiday meal that awaits them the following day.

Basically, the energy of the holiday is at its most potent. This is because it hasn’t actually happened yet. Christmas Eve, technically, is still in the preparation/anticipation phase of the final stage – which is Christmas Day.

While Christmas day looks a bit like this –

The gifts are opened – the remnants of holiday wrapping are everywhere, along with a heap of other garbage and now empty packages.

They no longer hold the promise of what’s to come – as that mystery has already been solved.

Hopes and expectations may have been met, or they may not have. But regardless, the veil has been lifted. The results have been experienced.

The day goes on – and as it does, the overall feeling of what was once exciting has now been replaced with the knowledge that what had been thought about, planned for and stressed over – for at least month or longer is

Now.

Officially.

OVER.

Now I’m not saying this is bad, or that other feelings, such as togetherness and enjoyment of the food and gifts aren’t experienced, because they are.

I am simply sharing a perspective – or an insight that I had.

Still wondering where I’m going with this?

Hang in there just a bit longer. I’m getting to it.

The Living, Powerful Energy of Creation

It took a moment of clarity for me to see something from an alternate perspective.

But this perspective, as far as I’m concerned, sheds some light on what motivates human behavior.

See…

When we are in the creative process, we are propelled by a sense of wonder.

It is in this phase that all possibilities exist.

Our present moment energy is alive, and in full force.

The excitement of creating and anticipating the result of the experience is what’s actually so powerful – whereas the result itself, while certainly satisfying, is often far less powerful.

It is no longer alive.

So what does this mean?

It means that while it’s cool to want things, to have desires and to even picture how we might like to see something happen…

What brings our true nature – the observer within us (the REAL us) to the surface of ourΒ lives is the process of creativity, not necessarily the experience of the result.

While it seems normal and popular to be such a results-oriented population, we tend to forget that results, in and of themselves, are nothing more than a natural extension of what happens during the creative process – which is where the energy…the LIFE of the process is contained.

The Law of Cause and Effect

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”

β€”The Kybalion.

For every meal we prepare, for every Christmas holiday we enjoy and for absolutely EVERYTHING else we will ever, ever experience – there will be the Law of Cause and Effect.

It is always the level of consciousness present in the creative process, the enthusiasm and deliberate awareness which involves the inclusion of Spirit that contains the most powerful, the most potent ingredient that creates the information that we experience as the result of that process.

Everything just seems more exciting when we are in the midst of using our physical abilities to bring possibilities to life.

This is the magic of creativity.

This is when we are so alive and filled with wonder. This is when, if we observe what we would like to experience, as opposed to becoming attached to a specific result, we get to have fun “during the during” – which more often than not, naturally allows for the results we wish to experience to take shape on their own.

It works this way with everything we do.

So while many of us get wrapped up in whether or not the gifts will be appreciated, or if the food will be enjoyed…it is the eager anticipation which happens during the creative process that brings those results into our physical experiences.

Creativity is where the magic happens. This is where the attention belongs.

If the creative process is met with full attendance, it brings deliberate energy to the results. We can’t control everything about life or whether or not our efforts will be met with gratitude or satisfaction by those who receive the fruits of our labor. But we can certainly connect to the magic of creativity regardless by simply loving what we’re doing for the right reasons.

This is what determines our experience regarding everything we do. It’s what gives rise to future projects – all of which bring possibilities, and therefore reality to life.

In a world that so desperately needs to change course – it will be in the creative process, where everything is still alive with possibilities – and where the true SELF observes and participates that will bring forth the results that we’ll experience.

It’ll never be any other way.

When it comes to dealing with what’s going on in the world, it’s important to understand that just because we experience a specific set of circumstances doesn’t mean there is no room for expansion or for a positive shift to occur.

There are many possibilities available. They all exist within our imagination – where creativity, met with a sense of enthusiasm, has the opportunity to bring them to life.

I feel itΒ will be up to us to exercise that part of ourselves – that Spirit that inspires and energizes us – and allow this to be what guides us in our actions.

I hope the connection to the anticipation of the result vs. the result itself was clear.

It’s always about the present moment energy – where everything is still alive – that allows for miracles to happen.

And because of this, I will probably always enjoy Christmas Eve just a little more than Christmas Day.

Happy Holidays!

Over to you…

Do you feel a more powerful expression of energy when it comes to the creative process vs the results?

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

42 thoughts on “The Magic of Creativity

  • at 12:02 am
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    Hey Dana

    Thanks for this great post !

    I agree with you and I believe that Creativity itself is a magic and can change lives of people.

    BTW, Merry Christmas and Keep up the good work.

    ~ Jelina

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    • at 9:29 am
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      Hi Jelina,

      Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this.
      Yep – creativity is magical and can certainly change lives. It goes beyond artistic forms of expression. It’s a way to know there’s more to what you’re seeing. Solutions to the most challenging obstacles lie in the creative process.

      Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • at 3:42 am
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    Hello Dana! How well thoughtful of you sharing your thoughts of creativity, well at least when i was reading your post i feel entertained and i feel relax with the words you use but somehow you gave me some idea of your creativity. Great post my dear!

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    • at 9:26 am
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      Hello Nestor,

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚
      Glad you found this entertaining.
      Yes, my idea of creativity is expansive. I hope this offered you something valuable.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  • at 4:52 am
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    Hey Dana,

    Glad to read your wonderful post and it really makes me curious to think about that Eve.. Celebrating Christmas as holiday is really a amazing memory for us. Gifts are special attraction for that day and every one get excited. I also enjoy a lot Christmas Eve – everywhere light, light and beautiful decorated Xmas tree. Eventually, thanks for sharing your thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

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    • at 10:11 am
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      Hi Amar,

      Yes, I do love this time of the year.
      The lights and decorations are fun to look at. I love the aromas, recipes and overall feeling of festivity.

      The funny thing was that I had noticed a marked change from one day to the next. It was the difference between the buildup and the effect. It showed me that the real magic, as far as I was concerned, was in the anticipation. It reminded me of cooking and how for me, the magic was in the process. The results are nice, but the creativity – the connecting to what you’re doing in and of itself was what I enjoyed best.

      Just a different way of experiencing things.

      I think we live in a world that focuses on results whereas the true gifts lie in the journey, even though there’s work involved in this.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this and I thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 8:36 am
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    Hi Dana,

    You raise a very good point here. I also share your thoughts about the magic of Christmas eve and Christmas day. The anticipation is often more exciting than the actual event itself.

    I also think that you wrote this post beautifully. You explained your point of view in a way that is very easy to understand.

    And just like the magic of the holidays, every project we do is all about that.
    Anticipation.

    Thanks for this amazing post. Happy holidays! πŸ™‚

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    • at 9:37 am
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      Hi Nataly,

      Welcome!

      I’m so happy that the message came across clearly to you and everyone else who has commented here. That was the intent. To connect the dots. That was part of the creative process for me…and I had gotten a thrill out of creating this piece.

      When we see a build up of something, anything, while the results can be satisfying, even exhilarating…once it’s over, it’s over. But creation never ends as long as we continue to do this. We’re meant to continue to imagine, create and express. This is what life is…so as long as we enjoy what we’re doing, we are actually respecting the process of life itself.

      That’s how I see it anyway.

      Happy holidays to you too Nataly πŸ™‚

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  • at 2:29 am
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    Hi Dana,

    Beautiful post and I’ll be sure to share it in this Christmas time.

    Reading your post made me think of Christmas times when I was a child. Christmas Eve and the expectation of the wonderful time that I was going to have was way more exciting than Christmas day once all the gifts had been discovered.

    There is no doubt that “expectation” is a much stronger feeling than even accomplishment I would say. I think that’s why we see successful people always creating new adventures, even though they don’t need to do so either financially or otherwise. But the need comes from that place of wanting to “feel” that expectation feeling again.

    As always, I really enjoyed your insights here.

    Have a wonderful Christmas preparing your meals and all, and being in the expectation.

    ~Sylviane

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    • at 9:32 am
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      Hi Sylviane,

      I totally agree with what you said about successful people always creating new ideas, etc, even when they have already become successful. Many of these individuals are creative people and get their thrill out of the process itself.

      It reminds me a bit of Barry Gibb. At close to 70 years old, and with his brothers gone, he went off on a new project and started performing solo. He doesn’t need the money (to my knowledge), not does he need the exposure. He just needs to continue to live in the creative expression that is inherent within him.

      This is also why so many retirees look for projects to get themselves involved with. Not because they need the money (although some might), but because they need to experience the life and energy that goes along with creation. In their case, they can do this from a place of non-attachment to the results and just be in the moment.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and I appreciate your comment.
      Enjoy the holidays and the week ahead Sylviane πŸ™‚

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  • at 10:05 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Very though provoking article.

    I always tell people they need to build their blog on top of their passion because I know there will be a lot of work leading up to success. If you’re not truly passionate about your topic, then your path will be lonely and burdensome instead of filled with wonder and fascination.

    It’s like the Christmas analogy you used. The anticipation, the path, the lead-up is the best part because that’s when yo walk through passion.

    -Donna

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    • at 9:21 am
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      Hi Donna,

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      I agree. Anything we do has to come from a place of enjoyment and passion because there is a ton of work that goes into it. I see so many people living their lives simply existing in their day to day lives. I don’t feel we are supposed to experience life in this manner, although it can serve as contrast to enable us to ask ourselves what we really want.

      I know how I feel when I am creating a post – and it isn’t a matter of “write the words and get it done”. My creative expression goes into the message itself, how I’ve discovered a useful concept that has given me a gift in life and sharing this with others.

      That’s what I use the blog for. I get a thrill out of it.

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  • at 6:52 pm
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    Hey Hi Dana,

    I must say that you have you have crafted this post so beautifully and message is strong. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a great weekend and happy holidays! πŸ™‚

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    • at 9:14 am
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      Hi Ana,

      I’m so glad the message was clear. As you saw, I kept reminding people to just stay with me as I was about to connect the dots.

      It was a pleasure to share this. It was my own way of connecting to the creative process. This is what writing does for me.

      Happy Holidays to you too Ana πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:23 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    I know you were using Christmas Eve as an example, but as you were writing, I was thinking about salsa dancing LOL.. it reminds me so much of just being in the moment. You wait for that one song to come on, you grab your partner, and you’re dancing in the process. Within the process, that’s when your creativity comes out, especially when everything is align, no matter what mistakes you make.

    With that said, this made perfect sense to me. You’re at your highest just before that special day. Just the anticipation, planning, and preparation seems like it reconnects us to who we really are. It’s definitely the best feeling to have.

    Happy Holidays Dana! Have a great weekend!

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    • at 9:10 am
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      Hey Sherman,

      I’m not surprised you had related this to your salsa dancing because I know how much you enjoy that. Dancing is a form of art (to me anyway), so the creative process is alive there as well. If you aren’t in competition, you can probably just enjoy the process of connecting to the music.

      I feel we are at our highest “during the during”. While it’s normal and fine to want things to turn out well and enjoy the results, it’s the process itself when everything still moves…everything is still alive with possibilities.

      And if this is enjoyable, then the results can often reflect on that level of passion during the creative process.

      It took Christmas Eve vs Christmas day last year to enable me to make the connection…but it does go for anything.

      Happy Holidays to you too Sherman. I hope you have a fun filled weekend πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:08 pm
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    Hi Dana

    I am always in awe of the excitement that gathers on Christmas eve. The anticipation, excitement, anxiety and the dreams that happen on this awesome day.

    Then when Christmas comes, everything goes quickly and life goes on. You are certainly right in this post and thanks for sharing.

    Have a swell week. Lest I forget, thumbs for reminding me of the Never ending story. Thanks Care

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    • at 9:04 am
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      Hi Ikechi,

      Welcome!

      Wasn’t that a beautiful film? Over 30 years ago already, yet the message is timeless.

      Yep – to me, the energy is alive on the night before. Always the build up. In the way I related it to when I cook (especially for company because it’s more of a “project”, it felt like a similar type of eager anticipation where the possibilities were more exciting than the results themselves.

      I appreciate your stopping by and visiting my blog. Enjoy your week and happy holidays πŸ™‚

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  • at 8:39 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    I so see what you’re saying and you’ve brought a lot of things to my attention. In this day and age the anticipation for Christmas starts before people have even had Thanksgiving dinner. It’s crazy, but nice. There are very few times in life that you can experience with type of joy for such a long time frame. Usually other things are short lived.

    I always try to enjoy the build up and the completion of it all. Because I know it’ll be over in a jiffy.

    ~Lea

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    • at 9:36 pm
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      Hi Lea,

      Yep – it actually seems to start in September lately. While I do enjoy this time of the year, that may be pushing it a bit (but this usually happens because of consumerism – not holiday spirit).

      I’ve come to realize that everything in life is short lived, and we may as well enjoy the moments as they happen.

      I’m glad this brought some new thoughts to your attention and I appreciate you stopping by Lea πŸ™‚

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  • at 12:32 pm
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    Hi Dana,
    Yes there is “magic” in the holiday season , we just need to see it from a different perspective as you pointed out πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts and what it means to you!

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    • at 9:31 pm
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      Hi Joan,

      I always get a kick out of seeing things from a new perspective myself, so it’s a pleasure to share them with others πŸ™‚

      I love the energy of this season too! I’ve seen others come up with some pretty creative ideas in regard to the holidays, so I find this exciting.

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  • at 9:53 am
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    Such an interesting post. I guess I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess that’s why I love Christmas Eve the most. It totally makes sense now. ps. I love the new logo…looks really great!

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    • at 10:07 am
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      Hi Shann,

      You know, up until I had that epiphany last year, I hadn’t put it together either – and then it hit me. Once it did, I realized it went along with the entire creative process in general and it was all related (even in regard to world events and how we live our lives).

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate the feedback on the new logo. I actually did that because I was looking for something creative to do (and wanted to change the old one anyway). πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:46 am
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    Hi Dana

    A very creative post!

    I totally agree with you….I enjoy the creative process associated. Living in India, it mostly takes place at the time of Diwali. But the celebration and preparation that starts month before are amazing whether its Christmas or Diwali. That feeling of festive season is the same.

    Happy holidays and Merry Christmas in advance!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • at 10:04 am
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      Hi Sonal,

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      I agree. That feeling you’re talking about goes along with any holiday or festive occasion.

      It’s where you feel the life of everything. When the results show up, they are certainly wonderful…but the energy of creation in and of itself is always where the magic happens.

      Happy Holidays to you Sonal!

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  • at 11:32 pm
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    I am so excited for Christmas this year. Although I don’t have anything wrapped since my kids are younger and they would unwrap everything.

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    • at 10:00 am
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      Hey Beth,

      I get that.
      When they get older they may realize that the fun of it all is the anticipation of what could be in those packages. πŸ™‚

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  • at 9:55 pm
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    Wow Dana,

    I really love the way you write. I agree with Bren, this is a thought-provoking post. πŸ™‚

    I’m one for the creative process as well. I love the work that goes into a project from the planning to execution – and for some crazy reason, the set backs. I get this rush when I figure something out :).

    With Christmas, I love it all. The days leading up to the big day like picking out a tree, shopping, wrapping presents and baking. But I also anticipate Christmas day because that’s when we get together in the morning to open presents and have breakfast as a family.

    My kids are older and pretty much doing their own thing now but Christmas day is for family and I’m so lucky they give me that. Now with my grandsons getting older and know that Santa is leaving presents, Christmas day is going to be even better. πŸ™‚

    This is definitely my favorite time of the year. πŸ™‚

    Great post lady!

    Cori

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    • at 9:58 am
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      Hi Cori,

      Awww, thanks so much!

      I can relate to what you’ve said about getting a rush out of the setbacks that go along with the creative process. They can be so frustrating, but figuring something out makes you feel capable, and that’s a great feeling.

      It’s been a while since I’ve spent a Christmas holiday with anyone (I do have some family members who celebrate) and spending time with everyone on the morning of Christmas day was always a treat.

      I do enjoy the build up more than anything. Everything is so festive and full of energy. It feels alive to me. That’s how I feel in regard to the process of everything. That creative Spirit where all possibilities still exist.

      I think we’re all supposed to stay in this state of wonder more often than we do – and if we remember this, I think we can see some pretty amazing things transpire in this crazy world we live in.

      The video I shared, as far as I’m concerned, explains it all beautifully.

      I always love reading your comments Cori. Have an awesome day πŸ™‚

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  • at 8:18 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    You have probably answered one of my long term questions I have constantly pondered about myself. Great post.

    I have always had a goal, struggled, made progress, struggled, enjoyed the process, grew a little, struggled, moved forward and then repeat. When I have reached the result, it is such a small victory when I arrive, that I don’t spend a lot of time there. I acknowledge my feat and look for the next challenge.

    I crossed off it being ego or self-esteem issues. I even wondered do I naturally not do it because I may swirl in arrogance or cockiness. But no that was not it either.

    I could not nail what it was, until I read this post. I agree I love being in it. I love the muddle, the determination and the sacrafice. When I reflect on the journey, it always seems to pin point the successors and limitation, but it is never the end result.

    Wow – I am good with how I hand the journey. Thanks Dana, Oh and sorry for making it all about me, but you just gave me a AHA moment. Thanks.

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    • at 8:53 pm
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      Hi Rachel,

      Awww, that’s so cool that this post did that for you πŸ™‚

      Isn’t it always nice to realize that there isn’t something wrong with us, we just see things in our own way and question ourselves?

      As you well know, asking ourselves pointed questions has some pretty cool advantages. If we do this enough times, we’ll eventually bump into the answer we’re looking for. It’s neat how it works this way.

      Like you, I also love being “in it”. I enjoy the results too, but the real magic always happens during the during because this is when everything is alive. The anticipation is always just a bit more exciting (for many things, but not all). I just see that we live in a world that seems to solid and permanent…and while we certainly have to pay attention to what we create/allow/put up with, imagine, etc…it’s always in the creative process where all possibilities exist.

      I have no problem with your comment “being all about you”. That’s what the section is for. We all get to know each other a little better, and I appreciate that.

      Thanks so much for chiming in Rachel. I always value what you have to say.

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  • at 2:20 pm
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    This is an interesting way of viewing creativity. I don’t necessarily see myself as being all that creative in many ways. I mean, I can write a lot on a variety of topics, and back when I was composing music I thought I was pretty good. Otherwise, I don’t have a lot of vision, something I’m constantly thinking about because to me, without true vision, it’s hard to be successful.

    My wife though… wow! She has vision! She can make anything, design anything, look at something and make it look better, even if she changes the entire thing. I’d say she’s made me dress better but that’s only when we’re home at the same time. lol

    Then again, maybe that’s another problem; we tend to compare what we can and can’t do with others. Now I have something else to think about…

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    • at 8:46 pm
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      Hi Mitch,

      I think you hit the nail on the head with your last sentence.

      We do compare ourselves to others, and while doing this can have some advantages, it kind of depends on how we use it.

      I would imagine that your creative nature expresses itself in the way that’s just right for your personal journey. That’s never to say that it can’t be expanded on, but if we were all alike and could do the same things, the world would be pretty boring.

      Your wife, on the other hand, seems to express her creativity in her own way. From the sounds of it, you both compliment one another and this probably keeps things interesting and helpful.

      I mean, if you can compose music, then that’s pretty damn cool. We need people to do this (and I certainly don’t have this skill – and neither do many others), so you’ve got plenty of your own creative energy to gift the rest of us with.

      I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season Mitch. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 11:09 am
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    Hey Dana,

    I understand what you’re saying but for me it’s been SO long since we’ve had the Christmas tree, the presents, the anticipation of it all and the big celebration finally on the day of. When our family gathers for the holidays it’s usually to eat and open presents all at one time. No working up to it anymore, not since my grandparents passed away.

    I see though how this relates to the creative process of it all. It’s the spirit of the season, the festive lights, the decorating, the food, the presents, the gathering together and then all of a sudden it’s all over. But I like to always look at that as to take in the joy of it all.

    I appreciate you sharing this with us and don’t you just love those aha moments! Boy have I had my share.

    Have a wonderful holiday my dear.

    ~Adrienne

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    • at 8:40 pm
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      Hi Adrienne,

      I can see where you’re coming from. To be honest, I don’t actually “celebrate” Christmas. In fact, I’m actually Jewish, so when I was growing up, I lit the Hanukkah candles, but I have always appreciated the festivity and overall feeling of Christmastime.

      For me, it’s the energy of the moments (or month) leading up to everything. I had my epiphany during Christmas Day last year when it occurred to me that it didn’t feel like the holiday anymore because the ‘big boom’ had already taken place, whereas on the night before, everything just felt so ALIVE with the energy of the holiday.

      I relate it to the energy that goes into creation itself. The result is like “oh wow, that’s awesome”…but it’s done. Sure it is to be enjoyed, but the life – that spark, to me anyway, occurs in the build up.

      In my mind, it correlates with the conditions of the world (which are only a result of prior creativity – even if what we have created isn’t so great). The life, the true self of each and every one of us lives in that energy of creation and it’s always present before the effect. It’s alive in those moments where all possibilities exist – if we are present enough to know this.

      If this gave you an aha moment, then I’m happy. I know you’ve had your fair share of those, and I do always enjoy our conversations πŸ™‚

      I wish you a wonderful rest of the week my Friend.

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  • at 11:46 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Loved the way you weaved this post πŸ™‚

    Yes, I like how Christmas is celebrated at your end, and more than anything else, the month long preparations, and the overall feeling is what matters. I guess it’s a similar feeling for Thanksgiving too, so as such this is the festive time of the year, especially for folks in the U.S. – and though we don’t celebrate Christmas, but in spirit we are with all our friend’s, who are in this country.

    Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays, well in advance as well. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    • at 9:59 am
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      Hi Harleena,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, especially the way I weaved the holiday into the creative process itself.

      I agree that it’s the overall feeling that matters. When I had related the holiday preparations to cooking, I made that connection because I had discovered that it was the enthusiasm and feeling of “aliveness” that went into creativity in and of itself that offered the real gift.

      This is where magic happens because this is where Spirit comes to the surface and directs things if we allow it.

      Whatever you celebrate, I wish you a wonderful end to the year and I look forward to being a part of your community in the next year.
      Thank-you for visiting Harleena πŸ™‚

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  • at 4:19 pm
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    Hey Dana!

    Very thought-provoking post! I am with you as well. I enjoy the creative process and the challenge versus the end product. As with Christmas Eve, the anticipation of what is to come after weeks and maybe months of shopping and planning all to go away in the matter of hours on Christmas Day. It’s sad, right?

    So glad you put this out there. My fav time of the year is Halloween and Thanksgiving, both eating related! LOL

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      Hi Brenda,

      I feel the same way about Thanksgiving too. There is so much energy and preparation that goes into the process of everything, including the anticipation of the event itself…and I enjoy that more than anything (as long as it doesn’t become something terribly stressful – which ruins it for me).

      It was the same with the weight loss program I followed many years ago. I enjoyed the results for obvious reasons, but it was the process itself that contained the magic.

      It’s “during the during” when everything is still alive with possibilities. This is where things move and shift. In a world filled with such uncertainty, it’s in this creative process that we can imagine new circumstances and take action based on the enthusiasm of that vision.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Brenda. I love that you got something out of it πŸ™‚

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    Hi Dana,

    I am with you completely. There is an awe and wonder about Christmas Eve. The anticipation… the late night services and celebrations. It’s the lead-up but not the finality.

    Christmas day leaves so quickly. But the lead-up lasts for a month. I love it!!!!

    It’s not that I don’t love Christmas day, but there is a finality to it. All the build-up and then boom… in one day it’s gone.

    Nonetheless, it’s my favorite time of the year!!!

    Merry Christmas to you Dana. Thanks for a very enlightening article!

    ~ Don Purdum

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      Hi Don,

      Yeah, I’m with you.
      I love the entire month of December.

      It was last Christmas day that I realized how much I appreciated the night before because the energy of the holiday was so vibrant and loaded. Once the day itself came around it didn’t feel the same, even though it can still be enjoyable.

      The whole thought process made me realize that this goes along with the creative process in general. I feel a similar experience when I cook (especially for company), or create anything else.
      There’s a sense of wonder that goes along with the process…and in a world that needs to change course, it’s this enthusiasm and use of our imagination that will be required to start seeing more of what we desire.

      I appreciate your comment Don – and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

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