Have you ever found yourself so busy doing lots of actions that just don’t seem to be giving the results you once hoped for? Whether in terms of inner fulfillment, a sense of accomplishment, joy and contribution, or monetary fulfillment?
There is a beautiful quote by the prolific Ralph Waldo Emerson that brings to mind the necessary action when we are not finding our way to express our highest potential.
Here’s that epic quote from Emerson.
As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.
Why is it necessary for you to do that?
Because as you remove the dead and even many of the living vines that seem to have inadvertently come in to choke out your creative energy, you have more power to focus on what is truly important to you!
The springtime of our lives arrives and with it the potential for significant blossoming. If you’ve pruned the vines then the new saplings can get the food they need to thrive. If not, they may get choked out and buried as they suck the food.
What better analogy than that of gardening to describe the creative process? If you look at what you are giving your attention to, is it what you want to blossom?
After all, isn’t your creative process really just like being the garden of your life?
What are you doing in your life? What are the daily actions that you do, even down to the mundane? Are they pulling your energy, sucking the life force away from the important things you wish to have blossomed in your life?
Are you doing any random actions (I know I have) that are a distraction to your true desires?
What are you doing that is not allowing you to concentrate your energy and love toward what you would deeply desire to create?
For me, I’ve desired 3 things, but I’ve spent my life to this point scattered with the many random seeds that blew my way, without a thought of how or what might fruit in my garden. And they have nearly choked out the most precious of my garden.
I assure you though, it’s never too late to get your creative energy back, after all, you are part of nature and so resilient.
The act of pruning might feel daunting if you’ve let it get well overgrown, but I assure you it will be worth it. Severe pruning may seem essential, but it will allow for the creative energy that is you to flow to where it will truly be appreciated.
Once you’ve got it nicely pruned and it’s been nourished, take the time to appreciate, celebrate and enjoy what you have cultivated! But then get those shears out maintain that beautiful garden, knowing that it is, after all, a process
Ready for more creative power?
What do you think, are you in need of some severe pruning?
If this resonates, share in the comments below and if you need more insight into the creative process of showing up as the best version of yourself, let’s chat.