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Bleeding from the Eyes and the Necessity of Regrouping

June 14, 2017 Writing 0

After four weeks of scouring the interweb for new ideas and ways to make this site one you’ll want to keep coming back to, I think I’m officially bleeding from the eyes.

But the ocular pain I’m experiencing suggests it has been worthwhile. The experience proves that my quest for self-improvement comes from both observation and criticisms.

Others’ observations and criticisms

Cause a re-evaluation in thinking
Help to prune the weeds
Offer clarity and insight
Provide a new perspective

Taken together these spell reinvention for me.

Centering

I believe that every artist worth his salt needs a way to step back from the work to rebalance and rejuvenate. Check around with creative types who you know. You’ll find that they each use a different method to get in the zone: prayer or meditation, exercise or adrenaline-fueled activities, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, a chat with a friend or loved one, a day at the beach, or spending time with a pet or on a project in an effort to reboot creativity. The method depends upon the individual.

While I don’t recall the minute details, I learned in a psychology class that there are two basic types of people when it comes to ways in which we humans relax so that we can think clearly. The gist is this: in any group of people, about half of them rely on quiet contemplation in order to chill out, while the others become energized by activity or chaos.

The quiet types relish a get away alone for a spell (me). That might sound counterintuitive to my closest friends, but think about it. I’ve been know to write with abandon or chatter non-stop unaware that I may be monopolizing a conversation. Meanwhile, my antitheses might choose a blowout picnic or festival where there will be lots of people and activities in which to participate.

Figure out which one you are, and plan some time off to regroup.