Be the verb
This past week, my church had a Grand Opening. We moved from our tiny, cramped out-of-the-way location to a larger space on a busy street. Talk about exciting!
A committee was created ahead of time to handle advertising, decorating, food, music, and all the important details of things that need to be done to throw a party. And you know me, I was in the thick of it.
Love in action joined our hands together and made a beautiful evening happen. When recapping our event the next Sunday, someone commented, “Love is a verb.”
It made me think of a similar truism:
Actions speak louder than words
Beyond volunteering to help a cause, becoming a verb and getting into action deeply matters for your creativity.
I’m thinking now of a client who wants to write. She has a busy work schedule and teenaged kids at home. As you can imagine, her life is full.
When it comes to writing, she’s a noun but not a verb. She calls herself a writer, but never writes. She has plans to write, but those plans get set aside for other things, things that are important too.
I get it, life happens. We live our life in accordance with demands as much as with desires. Sometimes the demands override what our heart is calling us to do. That can work in the short run but it is not sustainable for your lifetime.
Your art will not happen just because you desire it.
Find the thin edges
There are thin edges of time that can be captured to serve that purpose. Getting up ½ hour earlier to devote time to your art can make a huge difference over time. So does utilizing your commute time (ex: Toni Morrison wrote on the subway going to and from work) or setting aside time during your lunch hour.
While I was working full time, I declared Wednesday evening and Saturday morning off limits to any other duty. Those were times I was in front of the computer working on my business and blogging. I coached clients during my lunch hour or during those times. That boundary kept my business alive over the many years of holding a day job.
Find a way that works for you. You need something to live on, but you also need something to live for.
What I know for sure is that when you give yourself permission to take your art seriously, when you recognize that your art is important and when you reframe those slivers of time as belonging to you, your perspective shifts.
You stop being the noun and become the verb.