Today I’ve been contemplating my business and the whole dilemma of when to concentrate on marketing and when to just be in the pure creative flow of it. This is a well-known conundrum for artists too, I know: when to promote yourself and when to just be in the zone and draw/paint/write etc. for the love of it.
I’d love it if I had hundreds of people following my blog and on waiting lists for my workshops. My Future Self says I will one day, but in the meantime I feel strongly I need to trust and let things reveal themselves to me in their own sweet time.
Oh, but how strong is the urge to hurry things along! Where does this need for speed come from? In a way knowing our Future Selves can exacerbate this: “I now know for sure what’s possible, I know this is Me, so bring it on!”
One great mantra that really helps me is:
“There will be a beautiful unfolding here today”
When I remember to live my day that way it’s almost magical how things do always seem to work out fine – even when I think something had ostensibly ‘gone wrong’. For instance: a client is late and in that time I manage to catch a colleague just before a meeting that, it turns out, I need to give some input to. That sort of thing. It’s as if someone knows the big picture and exactly whats needed and, if we’re willing to be their puppet, everything will work out beautifully!!
The natural order of things is well-being. We are hard-wired for it. If we hurt ourselves or become ill, our body’s instinct is to heal itself. Every living thing wants to grow and thrive – it’s a primal instinct that is inate in all of us. And if we allow it, growth will come, at exactly the right time – as long as we don’t get in our own way.
So this is my uplifter for today – to remember the seed and let the gorgeous flower of my career bloom in all the magnificent ways it wants to, without me trying to second guess it!