cawing through the chaos
surviving the commute of creativity
Where is all of this going anyway?
That’s really the point I guess.
Riding a bike, surfboard, horse or a sled pulled by a team of crows requires two things - intention and attention. We need to intend to move. We need to intend to go somewhere - even if the somewhere is merely around in a circle
Funny enough, most of our movement seems to involve going around in circles. For now though, let’s leave the circles alone. Perhaps I’ll circle back and write about this later. Yeah. Once I get a-round to it. Don’t worry, the jokes will keep coming. I promise. What’s more? These are the best I have. The rest will likely be worse.
In addition to the intention to go somewhere, riding / driving requires attention.
Most of life is better when conducted with a bit of intention and attention. These allow us to face the tension that happens when failure frogs live next to our dreams and desires.
Ordinary fools expect to go with the flow. That’s fine when things are flowing freely. Other times, when we’re running late, when others rely on us and our progress has been interrupted, aggression and hostility creep into the picture.
Neither hostility nor aggression magically open up room on the road.
Neither hostility nor aggression can magically liberate you from failure frogs and fill you with the satisfaction you desire.
I wish it could though. I wish that my car had guided missiles tucked inside the bumper. That would help open up traffic. If your vehicle has this feature, please let me know where I can have it added to mine.
Even better, I’d love to have to be able to wave The Magic Wand of Denial and have the traffic disappear.
Clear the blockages in the road ahead. Get rid of all of the resistance and then maybe those ugly feelings of aggression and hostility would disappear with them… That’s a lovely dream.
The worst part about hostility and aggression when you’re on a creative journey, they don’t say ‘on the road’. Those feelings tend to stick around.
Sometimes, when these come up do a pretty good job of avoiding the hostility and aggression trap.
Other times, when we’re inconvenienced, impeded or desperate for an opening, and we face red lights at every turn.
The real enemy here is our sense that we can control the outcome when we leave on any journey.
This is true with your career, your business and your drive to the office.
So what to do?
First, acknowledge the traffic. Notice all of the impedimentary people.
Pretend that they are crows.
Caw at them.
Pretend that you are having a conversation in crow language.
Call them vicious names. Tell them the terrible things you know about their mothers.
But do it in the language of a crow.
Take your hostility and make a game of it. Make it silly and playful for a bit.
Turn that which is disturbing into a toy.
Children are not afraid of their toys.
Nor do they let these toys get the better of them.
Go make some noise.
Go play in traffic.
It’s always going to take longer than you think.