Monday Motivation: cloudthoughts

After years and years and years of thinking about it I finally started CloudThoughts roughly about two and a half years ago…maybe a bit longer. They began timidly; much like this site (read up: How to Start a blog, my version). In the beginning* they were quite literally small type sentences laid flat on a cloud-filled backdrop. Over the years they’ve grown, and they’ve gotten louder—because I’ve simply let my imagination run with them. Because I’ve allowed them to live.

The (cloud) thoughts just happen.

Whether I’m at a stop light, or doing chores, paddling, grocery shopping, walking, Yogaing, eating…these thoughts just pop into my head. So, over the years I’ve written numerous of these random phrases down. I considered them good things to remember. And, good things to share. So eventually I turned them into Adobe Illustrator vectors and when I got the guts—the Universe forced me to—started sharing them.

And, sharing CloudThoughts really does make me feel better.

Every time that I allow one of my brain babies to manifest it’s like a huge weight gets lifted off my body. I can breathe easier. I have less thoughts nudging at me, constantly poking at me. It feels rather nice to let these ideas come alive. It’s sort of constipating blocking them from being born. It is freeing to make space for them, so I am making room for my brain children to live.

…the funny thing is though that bad ideas also want to make their way in.

How do I know that they are bad ideas?

They simply don’t make me feel good—when I feel disharmony inside it’s because bad ideas are trying to seep in. They aim to dissuade me from giving proper love and attention to my brain children, and to myself.

Bad ideas happen randomly too, so CloudThoughts also have a daily message attached everyday to help remind the reader to live a life of gratitude in a time when, if you’re reading this, you certainly have more than enough; lots to be thankful for, truly nothing to complain about—only possibilities.

How much better can things gets?

CloudThoughts and their attached texts changed quite a bit from the early beginning attempts at sharing this valuable massage, yet their purpose has remained the same: it’s important to remember to not take life so seriously, everyday; it’s important to remember that we have a lot to be grateful for; it’s important to remember to live in the present and perhaps solely focus on the good thoughts (the ones which offer inner peace and harmony within).

We’ve come a long way as a species…we no longer have to fight with fire, most of us are not struggling to survive. Self-imposed drama doesn’t count. This is the beginning of the next round. What kind of things are you beginning to see clearly?

Ready for 2020.

*in the beginning, CloudThoughts:

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Monday Motivation: BIG MAGIC III

Last month I wrote two posts about BIG MAGIC: creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am a big fan of Mrs. Gilbert’s words so I categorize twenty-nine of my favorite snippets from her book into two parts (find them here: part one & part II).

This is the final part of my favorite snippets from Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

PART III (30-44)

 trust & divinity:

30. “…to suggest that nobody made ever made valuable art unless they were in active emotional distress is not only untrue, it’s also kind of sick.

31. “my instincts drove me in the opposite direction—toward light, toward play, toward a more trusting engagement with creativity.

32. “I can either live a drama or I can invent a drama—but I do not have the capacity to do both at the same time.

33. “All I can tell you for certain is that my entire life has been shaped by an early decision to reject the cult of artistic martyrdom, and instead to place my trust in the crazy notion that my work loves me as much as I love it—that it wants to play with me as much as I want to play with it—and that this source of love and play is boundless.”

34. “What I’m saying is this: If you’re going to live your life based on delusions (and you are, because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful? Allow me to suggest one: the work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”

35. “it was like one of those dream where you discover a previously unknown room in your house, and you have that expansive feeling that your life has more possibility to it than you thought it did.”

36. “…I put my trust in play, in pliancy, in trickery. Because I was willing to be light with my work, that short story became not a grave, but a doorway that I stepped through into a wonderful and bigger new life.”

37. “I keep working steadily, because I believe it is our privilege as humans to keep making things for as long as we live, and because I enjoy making things.

38. “intersting outcomes, after all, are just awful outcomes with the volume of drama turned way down.”

39. “My soul, when I tend to it, is far more expansive and fascinating source of guidance than my ego will ever be, because my soul desire only one thing: wonder. And since creativity is my most efficient pathway to wonder I take refuge there, and it feeds my soul, and it quiets the hungry ghost—thereby saving me from the most dangerous aspect of myself.

40. “we are all just beginners here, and we shall all die beginners.”

41. “find something to do—anything, even a different sort of creative work altogether—just to take your mind off your anxiety and pressure.

42. “Go walk the dog, go pick up every bit of trash on the street outside your home, go walk the dog again, go bake a peach cobbler, go paint some pebbles with brightly colored bail polish and put them in a pile. You might think it’s procrastination, but—with the right intentions—it isn’t; it’s motion. And any motion whatsoever beats inertia because inspiration will always be drawn to motion.”

43. “the outcome cannot matter.

44. “Fierce trust asks you to stand strong within this truth: you are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome.

I hope that you enjoyed part III of my favorite snippets from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. For quick inspiration check out part one, courage and enchantment, and part II, permission and persistence. For lasting motivation purchase BIG MAGIC: creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert wherever you buy your books.

Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for unleashing BIG MAGIC.

Clicking on “Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert” will redirect you out of this website and into Elizabeth Gilbert’s website—it’s good practice to always check the validity of the sites you visit, and to learn about who makes the things that you consume.

Live your Present

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