Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Magic Of Carrying It Over Into Zen
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth starting as many times as it takes, it is worth pushing yourself about it over and over and over, it is worth putting it down and taking it back up day after day after day, it is worth doing as small a bit or as big a bit as you can. If it is worth doing, do it. Whether you are writing a novel or organizing your office, you have to get into the zen of it until it is done. When you are truly participating in a process or activity there is a sense of satisfaction, a lack of pressure at the doing of it that will carry you on until you reach a sense of satisfaction at a job well done. The achievement of the goal will be satisfying of course, but the doing of the work to reach that goal will have its own pull. In creative work the work seems to take on a life of its own, characters in a story seem to come to life and give you a sense of delight at their richness. But the same can happen in mundane activities like housework if you are truly involved in the task. A better place to hang a picture, a more appropriate way to store something, an easier way to clean something will make itself known. Let the spark of magic that abounds in life pull you into your work. There is a lot of joy there. May the spark be with you.