The Artist's Way

Idaho / Aug. 15, 2012 / by Chris
The Artist's Way

I have been reading a book recently called 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron. I've heard the book's title tossed around a lot in a variety of artistic circles, often with a reverence rivaling that given to holy scriptures. The premise of the book is that everyone is creative, and has a creative way to enhance the world. Whether it's painting, writing, music, film, photography, etc., there is some creative outlet out there that you enjoy and that allows you to fulfill yourself spiritually and emotionally.

I'm not terribly far in - I am currently in the middle of week three of Cameron's twelve-week program, and thus far the book has mostly focused on 'unblocking' the creative pathways of the mind. But I like the premise of the book a lot. Everyone at Bus 52 brings some creative element to the table, and the project is so much better because we all get the opportunity to express that. The other things I like is that it's a book about cans, not cannots. I'm very good about seeing the things that I am not as good at, but don't always take the time to recognize those things I actually do pretty well. The reflections in The Artist's Way have really been a good chance for me to step back and see my creative contributions and their many positive aspects.

So if you, like me, find yourself focusing on the things you can't do, cut it out. The stories we highlight are people who recognized the things they are passionate about and went with it. And there is undoubtedly something that you're good at, maybe even very good at, that can help brighten someone's day. So stop reading this blog post and go do that.