A short story from my work this week that led me to appointing a new Creative Director in my business…
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Yesterday, I had an article to write about creativity and careers, something I’d committed to a while ago, but hadn’t got around to doing.
And it was getting dangerously close to becoming a deadline.
(I normally arrange my workflow to avoid deadlines – I’ve learned that I’m much more creative and inspired when I feel spacious and free, than when I’m feeling pressure or urgency.)
So, my plan yesterday was to write this particular article, even though I still wasn’t quite clear on what I really wanted to share.
When I tuned into what I really wanted to do – the answer was:
Tidy up the writing apps on my iPad.
Which made no sense!
There was absolutely no urgency or real need for me to do that, especially when more pressing matters needed my attention.
But lately, I have been embracing the concept of Trusting Joy.
And strange as it may seem, tidying and organising my apps and notes is an enjoyable activity for me.
(Restoring order makes me feel happy and peaceful.)
So, that’s what I did.
Even though a small voice kept reminding me of my To Do list and the looming deadline – I made the decision to trust what felt joyful.
Then, about an hour into my happy tinkering, I ‘stumbled across’ a piece of work in my Evernote app – written months ago and long forgotten.
It was a fully-formed solution to the article that I ‘should’ have been writing!
I had already written it and forgotten all about it.
Well, on some level – I knew, or at least some aspect of my mind knew, even though I wasn’t consciously aware of it.
And I’ve noticed that whenever I trust joy, these magical synchronicities keep occurring.
This has happened to me too many times for it to be a coincidence.
And so now I am officially appointing Joy as my Creative Director.
Because I keep seeing that what feels joyful always seems to work out well in wonderful and surprising ways – mysterious ways that I could never have imagined.
All I need to do is trust joy.
This is actually more difficult than it sounds – which you’ll know if you’ve ever tried it.
But happily, it is getting easier the more I practice and do it and enjoy the benefits.
So, I have an invitation for you…
Would you like to experiment with this idea?
The next time you have a dilemma, or decision to make – can you try trusting Joy?
I know it’s not always possible or practical, but sometimes it is, or it could be. (If you’re brave enough!! It really does take courage sometimes.)
Can you tune in to see what feels joyful, what feels inspired, what feels right?
And then do that – even if it makes no sense.
Obviously, you’ll need to judge for yourself when it is safe and appropriate to play with this idea – but I highly recommend giving it a go.
I believe there is a genius and benevolent guidance system available to us all, at all times.
And joy is one way to access it.
Joy as a creative power.
So, I hope my story inspires you to play with this idea sometime, to see if joy guides you to delightful solutions and everyday miracles.
And I would love to hear how you get on!
(Besides, even if things don’t miraculously fall into place, at least you will have enjoyed yourself – and joy is good for you. 🙂 )
Wishing you a joyful and magically creative week,
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