“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Charles Kingsley, writer
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.“ Marcel Proust
“Nobody sees a flower, really—it is so small—we haven’t time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” Georgia O’Keefe
When I read these three musings, I felt they belonged together. When you read them one after another, they form a kind of virtuous circle: When we are enthusiastic, we look at the world with new eyes and ignite our curiosity, which allows us to see the small flower—the undiscovered treasures—that others miss.
Enthusiasm. New eyes. Curiosity. What other tools to we really need in our writer’s kitbag to fell happy and fulfilled?
Enthusiasm gives us the spark and attention we need to approach our work with energy and zest. It gives us the shot of adrenalin that lets us jump into our work day full of excitement. It’s the fuel that feeds our creativity.
New eyes allow us to approach whatever we’re creating with wonder and joy. We let yesterday, with all its problems and trials, fall away. We come to the page and find that it’s full of freshness and promise.
Curiosity lends us the spirit of play. We mess about, without worrying about outcomes. We wonder what would happen if we tried this—or that—and then we try them and see where they take us. Sometimes we hit a pothole and sometimes we strike gold. But curiosity lends us wings. We explore. We discover.
Ah, how wonderful to think that each of these creative gifts are free. They are right within us, just waiting to be tapped! Why chase “comfort and luxury” as if they were the “chief requirements of life,” when we have Enthusiasm, New Eyes, and Curiosity readily at hand? Write on!
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