The Philosophy Of Showing Up

What if ‘showing up’ isn’t just about the act but also about the beliefs and attitudes you bring with you? Can we cultivate a philosophy of showing up?


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I must say that the situation I describe above about using a creative practice to score self-esteem points is one that (sadly) I relate to very strongly. Reminding myself that the art is about the art and not about my personal worth has helped though.

Can you think of any other beliefs and understandings you can bring with you when you show up for your creative work? Let me know in the comments. I’d really like to create a list.

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  • This is so hard. I have to continually remind myself that the point is the joy I get in the process. Because I really do find joy in just writing. Right now, I’m writing in a “just for me” journal. It’s just the joy in doing, the feel of the pen in my hand, the look of the words on the page, the filling of the pages. I mean, I know writing needs to have some end point, some result. And I’m sure I’ll use some of what I’m writing in some way eventually. The happy result of writing is publication. But to find the joy again in the process, sometimes I have to say “this is never going anywhere but here and nobody is ever going to see this except for me.” I have to sort of trick myself into believing that. And it helps.

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