“Success, Failure, and The Drive To Keep Creating”
– The title of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk
I want to share the following TED Talk that I heard recently. In it, Elizabeth Gilbert explores a wonderful definition of the word home; the idea of your vocation as your “home”. She tells how, in the face of both failure and success, she was able to restore herself by dedicating herself to her truest vocation – writing.
A Good Reason to Do What You Love
Some people might not have that desire to focus on a single vocation. Still, the wisdom of Elizabeth’s words can be extended to offer this advice:
If we ever feel lost, we can find our way back home through the things and activities that give our lives the most meaning.
There have been long periods in my life when I was not doing creative work regularly, for a number of reasons, including being too busy working on my career. In those times, I would often focus on walking (sometimes running) and connecting with nature, reading, writing in my journal, and focusing on causes about which I feel passionate. Spending time with family, and getting advice from them, was also a big help. These activities were meaningful to me and helped me to find answers to the questions or challenges I faced. In many ways, those meaningful activities probably brought me back to my creative endeavours.
What activities help you release stress and refocus your energies?
By the way, I have never read Eat, Pray, Love, or any of Gilbert’s work, but I am now adding her to my list of author’s whose work I should check out.
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