If I read one more blog on ‘resolutions‘ this week I might just scream. It is such a loaded word. ‘Resolve’ and ‘solutions’ seem to be it’s make-up. Both are important to make progress in life and get things done. Where lies the ‘creative flow‘ and adventure in the ‘resolution’ though? First we have the pressure to make the Christmas season perfect, now we are expected to come up with a list of do’s and don’ts for the year ahead. And, this time round we are being asked to set our resolutions for the next decade. It’s hard enough to crystal ball gaze for one let alone ten years!
If resolutions are your thing, then go ahead and set them. There is no harm in making them and for those of us who often fall under the spell of ‘procrastination’ they can be a supportive friend in the year or decade ahead. Just take care not to follow them so doggedly that you miss out on what is right under your nose. That thing called ‘life’. Just remember to take a walk every so often to step away from your discipline and notice and smell the flowers. Nature is great for awakening creativity. I’m reminded of the wonderful quote from the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ that reminds us to throw a little more adventure into our lives:
“Life moves pretty fast.
If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
If all of this talk of ‘resolve’ and future planning brings you out in a cold sweat, then you have come to the right place. Collab Writers is the home of the disruptive, anti-resolutioners. Feel free to jump on that band wagon, right here, right now. At Collab Writers we encourage creatives to socialise to brain storm their ideas and work together to share ideas and ultimately, to create.
Let life flow to create
In place of a strict approach to ‘resolutions’ we encourage you to let life move in its natural mysterious ways. Creative inspiration requires openness and in order to be open we can’t be too fixed on wanting one particular outcome. By all means allow yourself to want and desire something (I’ve seen goals to write ‘a novel in a year’ on social media). That’s a great goal but don’t be too hard on yourself if when you sit down to your blank sheet of paper on 1 January that no words flow. Perhaps you need to get out there to get inspiration to let your creative desire run free. Allow yourself to wildly go where no-one has gone before. Dare to be different in your creative pursuits and ideas.
You do need some discipline in your ‘do what you love’ equation
Admittedly if you are waiting for creative genius to come to you without any discipline there may be a little imbalance. You will need a certain amount of discipline and ‘resolve’ to write regularly. If you don’t show up often enough to your writing desk or studio, that wonderful idea might sail on down the river and go find someone else. The creative process like most things is life is about moderation and ‘Balance‘ is a key ingredient to getting creative projects done. Try not to be so fixed on an idea that you miss out on the ‘flow’ of life or creativity.
Make time for your creative playtime
How do I let life flow? is something you may ask. What’s the secret? There is no magic wand to be waved and no pill to take. There is a lovely sanskrit word ‘lila’ that translates roughly as ‘divine play’ or ‘creative playtime’ as I like to think of it. What I have learnt is that when you go with the tide rather than paddling furiously against it, you will be led downstream without much effort. You need to trust yourself and the process of life. Just be you, and remember to enjoy the ride. Make a new year cocktail of the ingredients below, take that obsessive ‘resolve’ out of the equation and life should flow.
New Year Collab Writers cocktail for creativity:
Try sprinkling some of this fairy dust into your glass of champagne tonight:
Inspiration + showing up + connection + collaboration = creative flow = creation
Resolutions in the West tend to be a bit ‘me, me, me.’ What ‘I’ want, what ‘I’ need. How about embracing a philosophy of including others in your master plan? What do they want? Is there something you can collaborate on for the greater good? Is there a shared passion or goal that you could work on together with someone else? It would certainly be a win win timewise. Anjali and I co-writing ‘Consequences’ is a good example of this. And we must confess… publishing ‘Consequences’ is our key shared goal for 2020. We are getting closer to that goal with those who have volunteered to ‘read’ for us.
There will be plenty of time to discuss shared dreams with fellow Collab Writers at the Library once a month in 2020. Get down off your shelf and come see the other writers and movie makers who come out to play. You never know who you might meet and what your shared vision might be for 2020 and beyond into the next decade.
Our next event is January 9 at the Library Club where the theme will be New Year’s Resolutions / Anti-Resolutions. See you there!
In the meantime, Happy New Year. We wish you a year and a decade full of life’s adventures and creative play!
Jennie and Anjali, Collab Writers