I was reading the YaleNews and came across this quote by composer John Adams, “You have to get to that level of abject humility to finally get to the point of being receptive, then ideas come. Usually when they come they’re dressed in extremely shabby clothes. You just have to go with it.”
His thoughts on creativity reminded me of what Andrea Scher and Laurie Wagner said to the group of us on the “Opening the Creative Channel Retreat” two weekends ago. They said we had to be willing to write poorly, do art poorly. It’s in letting go of the need to do things perfectly that we are free to be creative. We just have to show up and be willing to make a mess. This freedom to make a mess everyday keeps me going because if I waited for perfection to show up, I’d never get anything done.