Week 14 - Results


So in the same way I love that Liz Gilbert in her book BIG MAGIC talks the importance of not attaching to the results of the creative process, she also talks about not attaching to the AFTERMATH of it.

How many of us get brave enough to create something and then hold our breath waiting for the review? How many of us want to watch our TV debut alone in case we got edited out or it wasn’t good after all? How many of us determine how our opening night performance felt once the critic’s review is in our hands?

We are slaves to the results.
And they are none of our business.

Liz candidly talks about the plethora of feedback she got from her best seller EAT PRAY LOVE.

“I got letters saying, I detest everything about you, and I got letters saying, You have written my bible.”

You can’t please everybody.
And if your art does, then you probably didn’t push it far enough. Or tell the truth.

“Imagine if I’d tried to create a definition of myself based on any of these reactions. The only reason EAT PRAY LOVE didn’t throw me off of my path as a writer was because of my deep and lifelong conviction that the results of my work don’t have much to do with me. I can only be responsible for producing the work itself.”

We have MORE than enough to do. We have SO MUCH PURPOSE. So many ideas swirling around. Only so much time to create.

Why would we waste or sabotage our time trying to control the response to what we created? We could get busy creating something else!

And....it’s none of our business.

“It’s immature of me to expect that I should be allowed to have a voice of expression, but other people should not. If I am allowed to speak my inner truth, then my critics are allowed to speak their inner truths, as well. Fair’s fair.”

Every action has a reaction.
It is a law of the Universe.
And it doesn’t matter how charismatic or convincing you are...you can’t control or manipulate the laws of the universe. And why bother...you have work to do.

Once our art leaves our hands, it stops being ours.

Maybe that is why we take our sweet time getting around to making things sometimes. We want to hold onto it for as long as possible.
Like a relationship you want to keep forever and ever.
But once you put that love in a cage, it stops being the love you had.

Now its your prisoner, not your inspiration.
Might as well love it as hard as you can for as long as you have it...then let it go.

It was never yours to begin with.
It was borrowed.
It came to you, then through you, and now it is for the world. That’s how it works.

And if you want another idea to be born you gotta birth the baby you have.
Trust it.
It took everything it needed from you.
Just be a good parent now and release it, and its own genius into the broad horizon. It has its own path now.

And so do you.

“Recognizing this reality — that reaction doesn’t belong to you — is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud?

Just smile and sweetly suggest — as politely as you can — they go make their own fucking art. Then you stubbornly continue to create yours.”


Jen Rudolph