It seems to me I should have posted this earlier. Have I not? Why not?? I’ve watched it so many times and still get reassurance from it – the concept that we are actually not entirely responsible for our creativity. Our job is to turn up. Turn up and ‘labour like a mule’ and have faith that the genius will turn up for work too. Eventually. [I'm not going to pretend that I explain it anywhere near as well as Elizabeth, you'll just have to watch it...]
My favourite part is when Elizabeth Gilbert describes her conversation with poet Ruth Stone. She says: ‘As [Stone] was growing up in rural Virginia, she would be out, working in the fields and she would feel and hear a poem coming at her from over the landscape. It was like a thunderous train of air and it would come barrelling down at her over the landscape. And when she felt it coming…it would shake the earth under her feet…’ Ruth’s job was to grab the pen and paper and catch it as it swept by. Imagine that! At the mercy of a rushing bolt of a poem! It gives me goosebumps.
It is a curious idea Elizabeth Gilbert suggests – this channelling of creative source. It’s definitely worth a watch to make your own mind up. Especially if you work in any kind of creative field. Personally I like the idea. It certainly takes a little burden off the shoulders and serves as a reminder to lighten up, enjoy the ride and surrender to whichever inspiration comes. Or doesn’t. As the case may be. On the days when I feel threadbare and overwhelmed it makes me think…hey, honey, it’s all going to be alright