Updated: Jan 8
I recently read a story with my daughters called Claymates. It was awesome. It was about two blobs of clay: one grey and one brown who are shaped into a wolf and an owl, but once the sculptor leaves the room the real fun ensues. They turn themselves into all types of different characters and have fun with the materials around them.
But the most delightful part of the whole book was on the very last page where the sculptor and artist who created the book had a chance to say a few words. She mentioned that when she creates new characters she tries not to get hung up on making them perfect or worrying too much about the details. Instead, she keeps a piece of paper on her desk that reads: emotion, movement, connection.
Three little words, a huge difference.
I was so struck when reading this simple passage by the artist that I felt the need to sit with that feeling a little bit longer. I thought about how true those three words sum up the desired process and outcome for just about anything in our lives. What I mean to say is that emotion (expressing it and receiving it), movement (experiencing it as part of the human experience) and connection (to one another, to the world and to ourselves).
I don’t know about you but keeping these three simple little words that are seemingly so distinct and removed from one another combine to create perfect harmony as a trio are three little words that I want to keep in my back pocket from now on. When I’m creating content or when I’m teaching or when I am making dinner for my family, I want to keep those three words in mind for a happy healthy experience.
My final thoughts are twofold:
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places and often in the moments you least expect. And that’s what makes inspiration such a mythical, mystical, magical thing.
I encourage and invite you to think about these 3 little words: emotion, movement, connection in your next project; whether personal or professional, formal or informal. Think about those three little words and how you can integrate them for a more powerful experience for everyone involved.
Grab a post-it note and scribble down three little words. It might make all the difference.
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