“They say they built the train tracks over the Alps before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come.” – Frances Mayes (Under The Tuscan Sun)
I love this clip from the movie “Under The Tuscan Sun” with Diane Lane. I have been feeling a bit discouraged lately with everything that I am doing online. I think eventually it will all connect but at the moment I just feel that I am stretching myself too thin and not really doing anything well. It is fear that keeps you stuck, over-analysing and not moving forward. I too feel that I have been “laying train tracks” for years now and not really getting anywhere. Where is anywhere? Perhaps it is right here.
At the end of “Under The Tuscan Sun” Frances looks around and realised that everything that she had ever wanted was already right in front of her. She had already created her dream life but it had just appeared to her in different ways. Alan Watts says something similar in one of his amazing talks about how one day you will wake up and realise that everything you had ever wanted was already right in front of you and that you have already created your dream life and you are already living it. A great reminder to love each and every day and be grateful for everything that you have.
It is important that we find our joy and our will to carry on within the journey or process itself. Learn to love laying the train tracks and not worry about where they are going to take you or when the train will come. That’s the wonderful mystery. I watched the documentary Maidentrip over the weekend about Laura Dekker who sailed around the world by herself from when she was only fourteen years old. She found the loneliness hard at first and would prefer to be moored and be around people but after awhile she preferred sailing more and didn’t mind being alone with her own thoughts. Towards the end of her sailing trip, she said that she did not care about the title anymore she just was just so focused and loved the journey so much that she wanted to keep going and keep sailing.
Stay in the moment. Love the journey. Stop worrying about what you have to do next or what is coming up next. I think true creative flow comes from being in the moment and not worrying about any outcome to your actions. How do you know if you are working on the right things? You will know. Stop second guessing yourself 😉
(Photo: Ales Krivec)
Amazing clip by Steve Jobs on ‘connecting the dots’: