Saturday, September 18, 2010

Look At Your Blog. Now Back To Mine.

So, last night I was watching the fabulous "Old Spice" commercial, starring Isaiah Mustafa, followed by the equally fabulous knockoff from Brigham Young University, and I began to wonder: what forces come together when people utterly nail something? You know when those moments are, because when you witness them something settles over you like a bright little net of happiness. I've seen it at the Olympics, or listening to a perfect song, or a perfect story, a piece of theater, a speech. Or hey, a perfect commercial. It is not normal. It is a moment where all muses, inspiration, physical and mental skill, and circumstances come together, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya.

I want more of that in my life.

And the question is, can you make that happen, or is it just serendipity? What would it take to get into that creative groove? I think you have to feel what you are doing, tune-in to the spirit of it, and maybe just let yourself go. Give yourself to it. Letting ourselves go and giving ourselves to things are pretty hard nowadays. Life is often difficult and stressful. But imagine the excellence in this world if we all did it.

What do you think? Could we all become mini-Mustafas if we just chilled-out?

(Pardon me while I bow to the Internet-gods even though I don't know if it really applies here - but Old Spice did not give me manly-scented body-wash to say their commercial was great. Nor did BYU give me a scholarship. I got nothing. Just the happiness from saying it. The End.)


Jo said...

I believe those magical moments are filled with grace. When we have worked our fannies off, used all of the God given talent we have been given and God fills in the rest with His Grace. I think grace is the final thread, the sparkle, the unexplanable kismet that brings perfection to our efforts. I think you are right, it is in the letting go, after all we can do that allows grace to make magic.

Maegan Langer said...

This makes me think of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," where all the elements came together perfectly to make something clever and great, even if the initial idea may have been totally crazy.

indiana weaver said...

This made me think of something Julia Cameron says in The Artist's Way. She points out that if you want to make something great, you have to give yourself permission to do a lot of not-so-great stuff. Then it's more likely that you have those fab moments when it all comes together.

I love that. It takes the pressure off if all I have to do is just go make stuff. Just keep on making stuff.

Maegan Langer said...

Oooo, I like that! "Just keep making stuff."