Your relationship with yourself is reflective of your relationship with others.
As a creative all too familiar with the suffering of creating, I often look to other stories for inspiration. For inspiration to move forward, to continue, to suffer and know it will pass. Most recently I found just that in the words of John Steinbeck. In his journal, we read about a man who, while writing one of the greatest American novels ever penned, doubted his ability (“assailed with my own ignorance and inability”), the meaning of his writing (“If only I wouldn’t take this book so seriously. It is just a book after all, and a book is very dead in a very short time. And I’ll be dead in a very short time too. So to hell with it.”), and motivation (“Where has my discipline gone?” he asks in August, “Have I lost control?”). This is a man, like all of us, who is suffering through the often depressing and arduous work of creating. Whether what you create is the next great American novel or ends up in the practice pile in the bin, the feelings are the same along the way. However, they can change. They can feel less overwhelming. And you can feel less alone. Call today to find out how!
Your emotions, often viewed as the bane of existence, can be many things. Take, for example, what Rilke wrote about sadness:
“Almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension that we find paralyzing because we no longer hear our surprised feelings living…we stand in the middle of a transition where we cannot remain standing.”
What if instead of fighting or ignoring the emotion, we invite it? We ask it what it wants? In doing so, we may be surprised to learn that we not only have more control over ourselves, but can endure more of what we fear.
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