Earth is home to many cycles. The water cycle, the air cycle, the earth cycle are among them. Systemes created to build, break down, reuse, and rebuild.
All of that grinding, melting, molding, fusing, is science’s magic of making one thing into another. While it all follows a pattern, it all looks like chaos. Such is life. Trust the pattern. I trust the one who invented that pattern.
Water is one of earth’s natural mirrors and puddles, the perfect place to start an adventure.
Do you view self reflection as an adventure? I would argue that you should.
Taking a good look at ourselves is scary. Is there something there we don’t want to acknowledge?
There are also many good things about ourselves we deny regularly. Self reflection doesn’t always have to be about our failings. Don’t be afraid to look in a mirror, or a puddle, to see the character that lines your face.
Encouragement is important to creativity. To hear constant criticism, or belittlement of our efforts, is deadly to most people’s dreams.
“Oh my! You are so talented.”
People love to hear this comment. But could it and the beliefs behind it be hurting, more than helping creativity?
I see potential danger lurking in the background.
Natural, or raw talent, is a beautiful thing. Each of us have it. Weather that talent has to do with speaking, writing, sculpting, painting, or listening to a friend. Perhaps it looks different for you, like understanding complex logical thought patterns.
Regardless, each human is gifted in something. But if we believe our ability to succeed rests solely on that natural ability, it will limit us.
What happens to a runner, who is fast from birth, but as soon as running hurts, they stop training? They will never stand on an international podium. It’s the same for creatives who refuse to do the hard work.
For a writer, hard work is research, editing, and lots of words that will never be in a book.
What is your talent? What is hard work and growth for you?
Can working at something you are not naturally talented at be worth it? Should you give up?
If you work hard, you will improve. Sure, maybe you won’t be world famous. But I am confident you will reach a higher level of ability if you persevere. Hard work trumps talent alone, every time.
“Your hard work is paying off.”
“Look at you grow!”
“I love your perspective.”
These three compliments are powerful and satisfying to my soul. They acknowledge things that have happened behind the senses while still praising.
Next time we give a compliment, let’s think about what it’s really communicating and ask ourselves, could we give more than a nod to talent?