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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Create Something

Remember those hand-print ashtrays you made as a kid? Or the tempera paintings?

Remember the pride with which you said, "Mommy, look what I did!"

And how, when you looked back on them later (maybe as a teenager), you were embarrassed about how bad they were?

How cool would it be to create again, and take as much pride in it now as you did back then?

But the inner critic will have none of that, huh?

As I've mentioned before, Jung liked to make things out of stones, just for the sheer pleasure of creating. Ever make a sandcastle?

Your creation doesn't have to be "great." Heck, you don't even have to show it to anybody. Just do it for your own pleasure. (Seriously, how often do you do anything for your own pleasure these days?)

I'm no Shakespeare, but I write every single day. It's kind of like what Rilke suggested to the "young poet" who solicited his advice: I write because "I must," not because it's making me famous or (gods know) rich. Just for the joy of organizing my thoughts and stringing words together to express them.

So do it. Use your "Paint" program, or PhotoShop. Write something. Compose a song. Make a video. Then, if you're inclined, post it on Facebook or start a blog and say, "Look what I did!" With all this technology, anyone can create, and share.

You'll be happier.

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