Creative Collie - Your Mind

Creative Collie: Give Your Mind A Job To Do.

Creative Collie - Your Mind
Creative Collie. Original drawing – Amanda Leek, July 2018

“Possessing a creative mind, after all, is something like having a border collie for a pet: It needs to work, or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents (eating the couch, digging a hole through the living room floor, biting the mailman, etc). It has taken me years to learn this, but it does seem to be the case that if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Big Magic has been one of my favourite books.

I first read it in 2016; I had marked this page.

But I hadn’t been ready or clear enough to do what I had to do, about this realisation.

Today, I’m reading it, and I am amazed to realise how true it is, and how much I have done it about it so far. And I’m excited to see what else will happen, when I intentionally make space for that creative collie.

This post is brought to you by the creativity afforded by my Dry July. (If you can, please donate – it will go towards people affected by cancer.)

Do what nature demands. Get a move on – if you have it in you – and don’t worry whether anyone will give you credit for it. And don’t go expecting Plato’s Republic; be satisfied with even the smallest progress, and treat the outcome of it all as unimportant. – Marcus Aurelius.