|Creative Development for Artists, Writers and all Artistic Creativity|
There’s lots to write about on this topic. Small gifts to yourself can be mundane (boring?) yet profound – those every-day details that offer your future-self practical help. This has been a big benefit for me and I’ll say more about it soon.
But one of the more deeply beneficial ways of offering small gifts to yourself is simply to treat yourself in the same kind and generous way that you can treat everyone else. Sadly creative people can be particularly prone to doing exactly the opposite.
As I was working on explaining the consequences of this it came out in verse – don’t know why. I hope it gets the point across nicely – though if you judge it as poetry that’s a different matter entirely.
No Friend to Yourself
If you stand by your friends
But crucify yourself
If you are kind to others
Yet cruel to your soul
Do you cut them some slack
And tighten your chains?
Are they lovably odd
To your hatefully flawed?
You help them to shine
but smother your flame
See things go wrong
Know you’re always to blame.
Then, there can be no ease in your world
No balance, no love without fear
No laughter unstained
Then, you are no solace to your friends
No friend to yourself
Hmm… a bit gloomy that – and after several re-writes I still don’t feel happy with it. The creative process of writing a peom is so, so tough. Hats off to all you poets.
I’ll write more on this soon, in prose, and I promise I’ll focus on the brightness and the cheer. In the meantime, if you aren’t already giving yourself regular small gifts of kindness and generosity, think about how you can do so today.
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