Archive for November 27, 2018

I came up this quote from Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote while reading c.J. Casciotta’s book Get Weird and I think it perfectly sums up the courage required to live a creative life. Let’s see if you agree.

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be practical is madness. To surrender dreams—this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness—and the maddest of all: to see life as it is and not as it should be.

It’s funny how much this lines up with the book I’m currently writing. It’s a book about a young man under pressure to give up his dream and embrace someone else’s reality. I think Cervantes nailed it. To look at this life as it is, to look at this world as it is, without the desire to make it better is the epitome of madness.

What do you think?

Okay, last night I did something that I’ve never really had the chance to do before. My three year old grandson came up to me and asked me if I would color with him. Turns out we were given a black piece of paper and he started to ask me to draw things for him. Cows and tractors and trains and pictures of him and of me. He wrote his name and drew a few pictures of his own. I had a great time and I think he did too. Now I’ve done a lot of art in my life, but this was the most fun I had doing it in a long time. We put so many pictures on that paper that they started to be drawn one on top of another. After that, we spent some time playing tractors on the floor. It was a real blessing.

Then today I had the privilege of finishing working on the set for the musical my son is directing, a production of Elf Jr. We’ve spent a lot of time working on it, and today we finished. I love when I get to invest in the next generation. I love using my gift to serve others. I guess my caution would be this: In the midst of all the great opportunities we get to do, don’t forget the ones that are closest to you. Invest your gift in all the ways you can, but it’s especially important to sow into the next generation.