“There’s two kinds of people in the world”, my dad used to say, “those who are constantly creating, and those who are constantly reacting. You want to be in the first group, son. They are the ones that get to have more fun.”
Creators and reactors…
The first group comes from a place of giving and are always looking for opportunities to create something new or add value to what already exists. They are the innovators, the owners and creators of their own experience.
Reactors however, simply take. As the word says, they re-act or act again from their automatic mental or emotional conditioning based on past experiences. Therefore, they are condemned to repeat their past.
What I find interesting is that the words creative and reactive are both made from the same set of letters. The only difference is the position of the letter ‘c’. When it is at the beginning of the word it means you’re giving birth to something new. When removed from the front, it means you’re re-creating the past.
Isn’t this a powerful metaphor for life and how, each moment of your day you could be using the same energy, time or resources to either create or react?
Imagine how difference your day would be if each morning you took the time to ask yourself, “what would I love to create today?” Or, when an email from a customer or a friend really triggers anger or resentment in you, and instead of reacting as you normally do, you take 2 minutes to ask yourself, “given that this just happened, what would I love to create instead?”
This is a powerful and simple tool to move from the reactive, repetitive, pre-conditioned mind, into the loving, creative, and compassionate space of your heart. In this creative space, miracles and transformations always happen.
And once you’re clear about what it is that you would like to create, whether it’s more wealth, a deeper more loving relationship with someone, or a new way of relating to an old customer, begin anywhere. Artist John Cage is famous for saying this.
Not knowing where or how to begin can often times bring you into a form of ‘paralysis by analysis’. Therefore, begin anywhere. Let go of the need of having to know exactly what to do to start creating whatever it is you want.
Begin anywhere because when you begin, no matter where you are, you align with the heartbeat of creation itself. And from that place, you start giving birth to something new.