“We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing at all.” -Unknown
This is one of my favorite little sayings. It always gives me a chuckle. I adopted it when I worked in the public school system where administrative rules and regulations often overshadowed the true work at hand; educating children. By the time one met the standards, went to the meetings, planned programming, dealt with administrators’ and parents’ expectations and set up a classroom, all a person wanted to do was curl up on a nap mat and rest. The busywork that went into planning often led to a half-hearted execution because of the enormity of the task.
There’s not a soul among us who has not felt the words above deeply. Day after day we address the impossible, whether it’s a dream, a job or a mission. What is not impossible may simply be improbable or highly unlikely, but we’re chasing along after it anyway. Sometimes we develop strategies to feel some sort of success when trying to achieve the impossible. We break apart the job or mission in small pieces and when one is successfully accomplished, we congratulate ourselves.
At times it’s just too difficult to look at the whole and realize you’re trying to do something with very little. Intellectual property is a good analogy for creating something from nothing except your brilliant thoughts. Your “little grey cells” as Inspector Poirot would put it, harness so much creative energy, yet often the monumental task of dragging thought into action leaves us lethargic and exhausted before we even start.
Take ten minutes today to tackle your own creative energy. Those artistic urges tugging at your sleeve deserve some attention. If you break them apart into segments, your novel is not that big a task. If your guitar is gathering dust in a corner, pick it up and just feel the wood and the strings beneath your fingers. No need to practice for an hour and make your fingertips sore. Just feel the instrument and rediscover the power of it.
Be willing to be all knowing and tackle the impossible and be grateful to be able to do anything at all with your creativity, love and energy.