I watched my grown son and two-year-old great-nephew run around in circles with blanket and dish towel capes tied around their necks. Little Stephen Michael squealed, “I’m flying, I’m Superman,” while Josiah pranced like an Arabian horse. I videoed the scene thinking, this is priceless. I’ve got to capture this candid moment before it passes!
This morning while I drove to work, I asked myself a question, “JoDee, what do you love to do the most?” Maybe the answer came quickly because the family evening was fresh in my thoughts: I love to teach students to read. I love to work with words, to create art, and to inspire people to do the same.
This obvious insight followed: Then do those things for the pure enjoyment of doing them.
I like this question, the accompanying answer, and the insight. If I do nothing else as a writer, I want to get this part right. It’s so easy to let marketing strategies muddy the clear stream of intent. Every so often I need to ask myself this question because it acts as a filter to purify my choices.
I want to hold onto the childlike play that makes creativity so delightful. The kind of impetuous fun I videoed as my great-nephew and grown son romped around the room. If I lose this along the self-publishing path, then I’ve lost the very inspiration I intended my book to bring.
So, I urge you to ask yourself this question, “What do you love to do the most?” Whatever your answer is, put a cape on and run towards it screaming “I can fly!”
Here is a link to my book: Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics.