I love any quote that equates inspiration or creativity or wisdom with effort. I've included as many as I can find in my journal pages and pocket journals. I also love those memes out there that people use to motivate themselves to create every day -- photo-a-day, pattern-a-day, quote-a-day, blog-post-a-day, sketch-a-day. I've been dying to try one of them, but I can never narrow it down to just one.
Then it occurred to me that I don't need to choose one. It's enough to aim to be creative every day. But to do that, being who I am, I need a reason, a purpose, a structure, rules, boundaries -- even if it's all of my own making. A prompt. One creative thing. Just like I'd include in a journal page. That might just work.
I've also given myself a few guidelines: it should be something simple or small that might only take a few moments, so as not to create too onerous an obligation, and it need not be perfect or even good, necessarily. It's the effort that counts.
Because I need to create outside of my journal pages. And I hope that a continuous attempt at creativity in other areas will find its way back to my journal pages in new and unexpected ways.
I've tried this before -- well, not this, but other schemes to pursue creativity, and I haven't always stuck with them, but they served their purposes. They kept me going when I needed to keep going. And that is the secret. To keep going and trying and wondering and creating. Because that's where inspiration is born.
So, long story short. Here is my one creative thing for today: a pear.