It’s hard to get to our creative play. I’m a creativity instigator, and even I fall prey to the gremlins of “you don’t have time for this today”! Despite all good intentions (which we know pave the road to you know where!), I didn’t get any doodling in the past few days. 🖍
Hey, it happens. I know I’m not the only one. 🖍
When that happens to you, you have a couple of options: 1) beat yourself up (“You’re so lame! How could you? What a loser! I’m so ashamed!” Etc. Etc. Ad nauseum. Or 2) respond with self-compassion and love yourself up.
#1 is perhaps the most common response, but it is NEVER helpful. I highly recommend opting for #2 instead! 🖍
The truth is, there are no creativity police. If you miss a day (or three, or fifty-seven) of your creative practice, IT’S OKAY! You get to simply start fresh! Nobody got injured or damaged. You do not need to feel guilty! You did not harm anyone! And YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Many others have experienced the same suffering before you. This is a very common human experience. YOU’RE HUMAN. And you get to love and accept yourself for your human-ness!
Forgive yourself. Give yourself a hug, the same way you would hug and comfort a beloved 4-year-old. (You’d never berate a 4-year-old for not using her crayons for a few days, would you???) And invite yourself to play.
Play happens when we feel invited, not when we feel guilted and pressured. Let’s take the pressure off, shall we?
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