For the rest of this winter, I’m going to make “snowball effect” blog posts. In my last post, I felt lethargic - now that I got the ball rolling, I’m going to continue to share news and happenings as I gain momentum and grow.
First of all, a little gift for you. Magic words are real. For starters, the magic word abracadabra means “I create as I speak” in Aramaic. In psychology, we learn that our self talk, the voice inside our heads, has a lot to do with our general attitude and feeling. The French pharmacist Emile Coue had a verbal prescription, or mantra if you like, that he would say to himself every day. It went like this: “Day by day, in every way, I’m better and better.”
A lot of people may scoff at this, but a wise magician named Eugene Burger reminded me that there is a real truth to the power of our words, and if we say this every day, we really are becoming better. So, since the snowball gets bigger as I continue to blog, I’ll share that I’m going to be a guest artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday, February 6th. I’m super excited to be sharing the material that reflects the real me and stuff I love to create. So share the wisdom and try the exercise - remember, it’s not about belief or disbelief, it’s about make believing!
Sometimes when I want to create, I have this lethargic feeling. This voice in my head says, "Well, what do you have to say? Where's the value, what do you believe?" It's a horrible feeling of nothingness, and as I reflected on this feeling, I realized it's something that we need to address. I think a lot of people feel like this, and I think that it is important to realize that lethargic feeling, that is an actual feeling: THAT IS THE THING YOU HAVE TO SAY.
That is the conflict, and it's something to get inspired about. To realize that we have no direction, no energy, no motive, but that we are not going to give up. The very act of writing and talking about this feeling - realizing that it is a feeling - is the way to find motion again. As the magical skateboarder Rodney Mullen said, "Once you get lost, just start moving again". I myself have felt a little lost and lethargic, and with the start of the New Year, I'm going to acknowledge this feeling and start to animate out of it.
I'd like to share with you one of my favorite songs that nails this emotional note better than any other. So join me in the fight, and listen to "Might," by Archers of Loaf and find some inspiration!