Have you read Peter H Reynolds’ Ish? It’s been life-changing for me!
My daughter loves to draw and takes her sketch pad and crayon with her on walks sometimes. A few days ago she stopped to sketch my neighbor and later that afternoon, he dropped off this book for us to borrow. Get it so you can view all of the beautiful watercolorings with the words.
In the story, Ramon reinvigorates his creativity after becoming a perfectionist and trashing all of his drawings. He finds that his sister Marisol has created a gallery out of his crumpled sketches.
“‘This is one of my favorites,’
Marisol said, pointing.
‘That was supposed to be a
vase of flowers,’ Ramone said,
‘but it doesn’t look like one.’
‘Well, it looks vase-ISH!’
From there, Ramon’s perception completely changes.
“Ramon felt light and energized.
Thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely.
He began to draw what he felt—
Quickly springing out.
“…His ish art inspired ish writing.
He wasn’t sure if he was writing poems,
but he knew they were poem-ish.”
He even realized he doesn’t have to try to capture anything in pictures or writing if the moment doesn’t call for it.
“And Ramon lived ishfully ever after.”
I just love this living ishfully idea. Out with perfectionism, in with ishism! It’s like in the Bhagavad Gita when Krishna advises Arjuna to act without attachment to results. We just dedicate our efforts to love, to God. In one of my favorite books, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron says creativity is spiritual—it’s God energy. It’s God’s gift to us and our gift back to God. Let’s liberate ourselves! xo
Photo via Adobe Stock.