My last post was about being really prolific and those times when the creative inspiration is just flowing. As creatives, I think we all love those times. It’s almost like you can’t work fast enough. Of course, if you’re like me you have to be careful or those times come at a price. You do all that great creative stuff, but in the process you are tempted to push things like eating right, relationships,exercise and rest right out of your schedule. This is, always and forever, a bad plan, no matter how much fun you’re having and no matter how much work you’re getting done.
Your body needs a certain amount of rest every day. You also need some exercise. Writing and drawing are fun, but they’re not very active. Do this for too long and your body will rebel. You need to take breaks and get your exercise in and for goodness sake, go to sleep.
You also need to make sure you are caring for your soul and your relationships. When was the last time you opened your Bible? How about spending meaningful time in prayer? Do not neglect your spiritual disciplines because you’re on a roll. Remember where all that inspiration comes from (or at least is supposed to come from). That’s right it’s the one who instituted a day of rest under penalty of death in the Old Testament. I find that so fascinating. God knew that, given the choice, we would quite literally work ourselves to death so He had to force us to rest.
When was the last time you went out on date night with your spouse or spent some time with your kids. Don’t have a spouse or kids yet, good! Get yourself in the habit of relational health now. It will be worth it in the long run.
Being a creative is fantastic. Being an unhealthy creative? Not so much. Creativity is a gift from God and it an be your gift to the world. Don’t misuse it. Creativity needs a body to manifest its creations. You can’t create your best if you’re not healthy physically, mentally and especially Spiritually.
Take care of yourself. I have more to day on this, but it’s time for my walk.