There’s Something Happening Here
An Ode to the Creative Mind
A Guest Post by Benny Hill
Don’t you just love that song “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield? Each time I read an entry on this blog so beautifully written by Libby, I immediately think of that song. While this statement holds no true bearing on the words I am about to write, it does bring about the inspiration for the title of this little bit of prose.
As mentioned in her previous post, Libby and I are working together and have opted to set deadlines for one another to create a post every two weeks. This go around we opted to write posts for each other’s blog. So, without further ado ….
An Ode to the Creative Mind
The internet is filled with blogs – millions of them. Each one dedicated to the proposition that what is being shared holds some value and subsequently laced with the hope that the words carefully chosen will one day be read by another. It could be argued that the traditional personal blog reached its peak years ago. Unless you are a larger entity like Huffington Post for example, you typically don’t have much of a following. Therefore, the expectation must be from the onset that the words one shares will most likely not be read by many if anyone at all. Now and again a blogger may create something that resonates with someone and then if a connection is made and the words are not only read by many but shared and loved, well, that becomes a blogger’s nirvana. Well, most bloggers anyway.
It can be a lonely world out in the blogging universe so one may ask why anyone would bother. As someone who has been writing for over a decade, there are times when I become disheartened and then vow to stop. But then I reflect and journey back to why I started writing in the first place. As a human being, I have the desire to create something which is a quality we all share. We humans love to create. It is ingrained deep within us and inescapable. Yes, many will deny this integral part of ourselves and that in itself is actually quite sad. It really does not matter what a person creates or what others may think of said creation. If any soul on this planet decides to share anything — whether it be a song, story, novel, poem, painting, doodle, recitation… anything — there is value.
For people like me and Libby, we love words and we love sharing them. We may or may not ever become bestselling authors but at least we have the ability to share our words with the world with the help of modern technology. That is an incredibly beautiful thing we share with the countless millions out there doing the same exact thing.
If you follow this blog or perhaps have stumbled upon it during your travels across the information super highway, you may have concluded that Libby is inspired by and absolutely loves Elizabeth Gilbert. When I first met Libby, we got to talking about life’s journeys and she encouraged me to read “Eat, Pray, Love”. I had heard of the book but was not entirely sure about it but I gave it a chance and for that I am thankful. Gilbert’s words are life changing in the way that they can inspire anyone to have the courage to go out there, embrace their passions and fuel their lust for life.
So many of what Gilbert shares resonates deep within me but as it relates to this post, here today, these particular words seem most appropriate:
Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise – you can make anything.
So please calm down now and get back to work, okay?
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.
Or to quote Libby:
Blog made her feel alive, witty, and smart. But most importantly, blog made her feel.
There is indeed something happening here and it is an amazing something not too dissimilar to all the other amazing somethings out there in the blogosphere. The mind is so incredibly beautiful and deep within our neurotransmitters exists the foundation for profound creativity. We just need to tap into it and share it …. For what it’s worth.