quotes and their relevance


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


This year, I've read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and completely fell in love with it. I'd mentioned this book in a previous post titled Five Books That Will Change Your Life. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in their early stages of initiating a creative career/lifestyle or any sort of creative endeavour yet, need a little push. Given I have always considered myself creative/artistic and for many years toyed between the notion of pursuing a career in business rather than a creative avenue, this book only reaffirmed what I have recently set my mind to achieve with my own creative endeavours. Big Magic is such a great pick me up/positive/revealing read to anybody in a creative funk or simply looking for some creative answers to the larger than life questions we tend to obsess about. 

Below are just a few (Definitely not all, as I have way too many written down) of my favourite quotes from the author. I thought interesting to inject into my thread for you all to have a read. They tend to make you think and analyze much on the topics... Nonetheless, I find these very interesting. 

p.41  "You can support other people in their creative efforts, acknowledging the truth that there's plenty of room for everyone."

This one is pretty self-explanatory, yet very relevant I'd say for today given all of the cyber bullying happening. It's always nice to witness creative strangers acknowledge and embrace each other's competition and just be supportive of one another. There could never be too much of it, I believe.  

p.86 "You do not need anybody's permission to live a creative life.

This one is for those of you who perhaps tend to self-doubt and avoid starting a creative endeavour altogether from fear of X, Y, and Z. By 'starting a creative endeavour' I mean whether you are thinking of pulling a 180 on your career and becoming a fiction writer or simply starting dance lessons on the weekly as a hobby. This is all too common, and we all are a victim of this. We all have our good days and not so good days where we tend to self-doubt or be critical of ourselves. The important lesson here is to move past these road blocks and allow yourself to start your creative journey. This involves nobody but yourself. So, go for it!

p.98 "You are not required to save the world with your creativity."
p.98 "Your art does not have to be important."

These two quotes above go hand in hand in my mind. It means that you do not need to take your art too seriously (or yourself for that matter!). Just have fun with it and do it out of love and pleasure. You will be surprised at the rewards. 

p.101 "It's also okay if your work is healing for you, or fascinating for you, or if it's maybe just a hobby that keeps you from going crazy. It's even okay if your work is totally frivolous. That's allowed. Your own reasons to create are reason enough. By pursuing what you love, you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty. "There is no love which does not become help" Theologian Paul Tillich. Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."

I'm aware that what I'm about to write will sound tacky: Let yourself be guided by your heart's desires. But it is as simple as this. It can be all too common to start analyzing and questioning the purpose of our desires, but life is too short. Just go with it and see where it leads you. By pursuing those inner creative urges of yours, you might be surprised at how much healing power this can provide for you in ways you might not have yet thought of. 

p.257 "The final-and sometimes most difficult-act of creative trust is to put your work out there into the world once you have completed it. The outcome cannot matter. You will keep sharing your work regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don't understand the outcome." 

This last one I thought was insightful, more so for those of you whom already in a creative process of some sort, who can relate to this final stage of the creative process. It can definitely be a little nerve-racking to know that what you are about to put out there might not have the expected outcome you had hoped for. Nevertheless, this cannot hinder your process. This is called fierce trust. Trust with all your might in your capabilities and what you are doing. The answers might not be straightforward, but time will tell, and you will reap all of its benefits and much more. All that you have control over is your content and delivery. The rest is out of your control, and you must not let it affect you, no matter the outcome. When speaking of the outcome, I'm thinking the response to a given work of art for instance. Say, if the response to your latest work is negative and you were hoping for it to be positive you cannot let this outcome affect your work or faith in your ability to pursue your creative endeavors. 

A link to purchasing Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

....And I've just been rambling non-stop! I could go on for days about such topics, I just love it so much. I hope I have not lost too many of you and on this note, I will write to you shortly.