Inch by inch, keep moving toward your destination. Creativity is like that; it’s a movement toward a place we’d like to be. It is not a stagnant process. The instinct and desire to explore our creative ideas and potential requires motivation, patience, persistence, and passion. Sometimes our creative expression comes in oceanic flows of inspiration that sweep us away. Then, we get back on course, slowly and steadily, until we arrive in the fertile intertidal zone where we can survive and thrive.
The little and mighty periwinkle snail is focused on the tidal surge that will take him back to the wrack line where the delicious kelp and algae beckon like a chef’s salad. He has a primal desire to restore vital energy. I imagine, given the varied types of snails and clams mingling in the seaweed, it is a very social environment for a periwinkle. Knowing what we need and what feeds our mind-body-spirt is how we charge ahead in pursuit of creative self-expression and self-enrichment and improving our life condition.
Wherever we are going and whatever goals we are trying to achieve, it is important to find a fertile environment that nurtures basic needs. Like a personal creative practice, we have to work to get “there” and to get “it”. Whether our creativity is yoga, painting, sailing, or gourmet cooking, our art is work. We need to put the effort into making it happen – every pose, every brushstroke, every breeze, every recipe – we have to work to develop our talents and learn new skills. Bit by bit, doing our creativity takes a commitment to moving our energy towards what we want and where we belong.
The metaphor of the snail’s pace relates to the process of creative wellness. It takes time to get to our destination and desired outcomes. Creativity has immediate positive effects on our health and well-being. However, instinctively and methodically, it is the consistent engagement as a daily habit that gives the most benefit. The path to creative wellness can be curved with highs and lows or flat and straightforward; still, the scenery is wonderful. Keep moving. You’ll get there.