Today in the Sunday Letters article I’m taking a look at the Effects Of Stress On Creativity. For many of us, the receipt of applause is everything. It determines if we are going in the right direction. In its absence, we can feel that what we are doing is not worthwhile. This is a flawed idea.
Today the subject of money was on my mind, and I found me asking myself this question; are you doing it for the money? I was in the kitchen making a coffee, and the question popped into my head. My answer was instant, almost like both the question and answer came at the same time. And to be honest, I was a little surprised. My answer was, no.
Challenging authority at all levels is vital in our building of a healthy society. And for the creative, there is hardly a greater imperative. In systems of education, national and local government, in work environments, sports clubs and organisations. Wherever there are those who would assume authority over others there must be those who are willing to challenge them no matter what.
There’s a new religion taking hold. In fact, there are many of them, lurking in the minds of righteous and well-meaning people. In my country, Ireland, the unobstructed march of the righteous, initially well-meaning in their pursuits, ultimately brought about the exact opposite to that which they preached. The Catholic church and their unconscious disciples held high the moral benchmark for society. So high, in fact, none of us could reach it.
The mere exposure effect says I can manipulate you easily. I want to cleverly influence you towards doing what I want without you so much as suspecting I’m a crafty bastard. You’re asleep at the wheel you see and ripe for this manipulation. I have an agenda and I intend to act purposefully to get what I want from this transaction.
Yesterday I celebrated (well I didn’t really) 100 Episodes Of The Daily Larb. The Daily Larb wasn’t a show I did a whole pile of shouting about. I did very little marketing for the show actually. As such listenership numbers are low enough. It was an experiment that I conducted using my iPhone and an iOS app named Anchor.
This morning I want to share with you some ideas on mentorship and advice. It appears to me that there is nothing inherently good, bad, right or wrong about advice. It seems to be more about how open we are and how we use it. There have been times I’ve taken advice, both solicited and unsolicited.
Sometimes I get frustrated, I lose enthusiasm when results don’t show up. Like this morning. I realise that reversing the momentum of the current trend is vital if I am to hit my goal of publishing this book on time. But right now I’m not feeling it.
The artist’s duty is often doubted by the artist herself, but can never ultimately be in doubt. What motivates the creative person is inherently personal, coming from a multitude of real world and psychic experiences. In that, it is as all art should be, boundless. When we define art we box it in. The self cannot be boxed in, not ultimately.
I walk in the Phoenix Park near where I live and I see the trees play the long game. The grass and the birds and the sky play the long game. Our dog, Tilly plays the long game. So do the cats she chases that come into our matchbox sized back garden. Human beings don’t play the long game. Not many of us do anyway that’s for sure.