Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pure Potentiality

How long does it take you from the moment you open your eyes until you start thinking about the lists? You know, the list of things you have to do. The list of things you need to do. The list of things you want to do. It usually goes in that order. Everything is on a list, and no matter how you try, it seems, you can never get to everything on the list you want to do supremely: The wants list. That is why people have bucket lists. They do not want to give up on the things they really want to do before the next big adventure begins on the other side. I wonder if there are lists there too?

I am trying not to be held captive to the lists. It isn't something that I succeed at all the time. Often I catch myself succumbing to the well-entrenched habit. Things are much easier learned, than un-learned. I keep trying to un-learn it, though, because I think it is key to living the dream. If I can learn to live off the list, to take things as they come, to not judge the circumstances that I find constricting,  but find the gift in them instead, then I will be happier, healthier, and free. And I feel it is in that state that I feel the greatest joys of creativity can be reached.

As an author, there are many things I place on lists. Writing should be on the top, but sometimes the list pushes it down below other things. Marketing. Editing. Social Networking. Blogging. All things I love to do. And if I focus on the list, I find myself criticizing myself for not succeeding in all of these each day. 'You've neglected your blog, Mr. Eric", my mind chirps in. "Other authors get all of that marketing in, why can't you, Mr. Eric?" "When's the last time you really focused on that WIP for more than thirty minutes at a time, Mr. Eric?" The list can drag you down.

It is when I take my eyes off of the lists, and take all of the joys I have in what I feel called to do as they come, that I feel creatively free. Each moment has pure potentiality. Every second can be a brand new creative birthing. Each interruption to my writing process can be an inspirational adventure, one that can lead to deeper musings and around corners I may have overlooked if I stuck strictly to the list. The list may always be there. But I don't have to follow its whip lashings at my back. Taking a step back to see the pure potentiality in each moment I am given allows me to appreciate all the more the joy it is to create.

I would love your thoughts on this, my quaylings! How do you get away from your lists? Do you find a quiet place to reflect? Do you find solace in nature? Do you try to be nonjudgmental when your writing process is interrupted by the joys of life? They are joys you know.  Each moment can be joyous and full of pure potentiality, if you so choose to see it that way.


  1. I have been know to make a list of the lists I need to make! Going list-less for me can a variety of outcomes, each based on my holistic circumstances at that time. If there are heaving deadlines hanging overhead, going list-less would only produce fear. If I am too overwhelmed, going completely list-less would bring about a sense of uneasiness, much like being in public without clothes (I would at least need a large towel to cover myself!). If I am ready for a break, going list-less would make me....listless! I guess I need a list to remind of the times I need to sit back and enjoy what HE has placed in my path. Wow, Eric, this makes it sound like I need to subscribe to the Quay Way every now and then!

  2. Thank you so, Mrs. Robin! You are welcome anytime! : )

  3. What an excellent (and for me, very timely!) post, Eric!! I believe that our "lists" can both imprison and free us up.

    My list imprisons, when (like yourself) I use it as a tool to judge myself. And once that starts, I generally come out on the short-end.

    My to-do list, can free me up and give me a sense of accomplishment. Free me up, because it is ultimately me who decides when and if I'm going to do something. And if I do decide to get that thing on the list done, it always feels good to cross it off the list once I've completed it.

    I also think that sometimes I write things down so that I can forget them! I have a tendency to lose my to-do lists in the sea of many other of my notes and ideas.

    Oh um, taking walks out in nature helps me focus. Probably should write that on one of my lists. ;)