We send along our best wishes that you enjoy all the beauty the holiday season brings to your neck of the woods. Here's what it looks like around here these days:
I have heard that artists and creatives live tortured, angst-ridden lives. I'm very creative but I've never thought of myself as either tortured or angst-ridden. Well, not usually.
So now that Harry and I have found ourselves working with lots of kindred spirits (creative types), which I absolutely love, I question it more. Does artistry alway lead to anguish and suffering?
So with that question in mind I recommend to you this TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love). She says,
“We’ve completely internalized and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked and that artistry, in the end, will always ultimately lead to anguish. And the question that I want to ask everybody here today…Are you comfortable with that?”
Nope, I am not comfortable with that. Neither is she. Watch this, it's a goodie.
"Buy things you can’t afford or don’t want. Either choice is a sure fit for unhappiness. When you buy things you can’t afford, you go into debt, which limits the other choices available to you. When you buy things you don’t want, you lie to yourself about the real source of your unhappiness.
"Compare yourself to others. The love of comparison is the root of much misery. Therefore, judge your success or worth based on other people, especially those with a different background from you. Do this on a continual basis, always looking for a new idol or competitor in which your ideal unhappiness lies.
"Take no joy in the journey. Focus only on the destination without appreciating the ride. Fail to celebrate small successes, and neglect to pause for reflection on how far you’ve come." ~ Chris Gullebeau.
He's got more ways to be unahappy on his blog (and a lot of other good stuff too).