by Janet Grace Riehl
It takes a lot of time to be a genius; you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.— Gertrude Stein
Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. — Satchel Paige
We are never not creative. So, if right now you aren’t painting or writing or composing music or in a smash Broadway play or dancing in a premiere performance—never fear. Your creativity is still near. And, still dear.
Say you’ve just completed a large project. Tired through and through you shamble off to a party where people ask you, “What’s next?” The most sensible “What’s next?” is kicking back. Build a birdhouse. Put cayenne pepper in your cocoa. Watch a movie without the sound on. Lay in wait to plant a kiss. Find an old sofa to sink into. Wade in a mud puddle. Stick out your tongue. Live a little.
The creative process starts with work (preparation) and ends with work (implementation). In between are incubation (doing nothing), and illumination (that idea in the shower). You gotta have that mystical time inside the practical sandwich to make it work. But, that mystical time is also practical. You gotta have that lull.
That’s just the way of it. A broody hen sits on her eggs waiting for them to hatch. Soil rests in a rotation system. You put up your feet while you watch TV. You think in-between chess moves. Music depends on rests and spaces between notes. Comic timing relies on pauses. Slack out your reins and let your mind run free–roll in the pasture to scratch that itch. Don’t worry. Your horse will come home, ready to nuzzle your hand and eat a carrot. You won’t even need a stick.
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