Everyday life is crazy busy.
Go here. Go there. Do this. Do that.
My wife and I feel so rushed at times we feel like we’re running late in running late!
Our lives are transactional.
They are a portfolio of things to do, places to be and people to engage.
And this constant going makes us feel disconnected. From ourselves. From others. From our surroundings. From God.
I believe the reason the creative is so potent is due to its unique ability to transcend the transactional nature of our lives.
The creative elevates us. It injects meaning and emotion into us.
It reconnects us.
It greases the tensions, so to speak.
There is a prevailing belief that our creative life is separate from our everyday life. That it is a place to which we can escape.
There is also a prevailing belief that the transcendent exists separate from the transactional. That we have to “find” or “create” transcendent experiences somewhere away from the busyness of the “real world”. Again, it’s an escapist story line.
These are myths.
Our creative life exists within our everyday life.
It feeds it.
And our everyday life feeds our creative life.
They need each other. And both suffer when they are disconnected.
Likewise, transcendence isn’t something separate from the transactional.
It is a spillover effect within it.
Think about your everyday life.
You go, go, go, go and then…
…the perfect song comes on the radio.
…an incredible conversation with someone happens.
…that bite of food you put in your mouth awakens you.
…your three-year old hugs you and says she loves you.
…that text from your husband says he’s distracted thinking about how beautiful you are.
…a random aside you caught by some biologist on some TV show last night suddenly becomes the foundational idea of a book.
One moment, we’re going about our everyday business. The next, we are connected to a life-giving sphere that elevates us beyond space and time.
The creative is a transcendent force in our transactional lives.
We either choose to receive and use it. Or we don’t.
What if we were catalysts for transcendence in the transactional lives of others?
That’s what I try to do through this blog. I try to interrupt your everyday life with an idea or story or framework that elevates you.
That reconnects you.
That transcends you.
Now get back to your day. Because that's where the creative awaits you.
Thank you so much for reading! I greatly enjoyed my little sabbatical from creative writing. I am overflowing with ideas. Let's just hope they're good! See you tomorrow for Word-in-a-Word Wednesday.