I didn’t realize my last post – Silence – was going to be somewhat prophetic, and that the blog would actually end up falling silent for a week.
But, I went through one of those phases that inevitably come now and then where I felt an inner sense of winding down.
It was a confluence of events, emotions, actions, even bad weather, that left me in a somber state of mind, feeling creatively lethargic, dried-up, bottomed-out and, to be honest, a little concerned.
The entire week or so, I struggled not only with motivation, but inspiration. I felt as if I was trying to pump water out of an empty well…when I could even summon the energy to get myself to try.
I finally decided I shouldn’t attempt to force it. Better to say nothing than something pointless. Work is good, discipline is good, but occasionally a break is necessary. So I wrote nothing.
Even though this kind of mini-drought has happened to me before, and I’ve come through it just fine, I still had some nagging moments of fear. The little voice whispering, “Uh, oh. That’s it. You’re done. You’re now officially out of ideas.”
These are silly notions, since our minds are constantly producing thoughts and ideas, but when these doubts do arise, they seem as if they could be true.
The real truth is that inspiration isn’t constant. It’s often cyclical. Sometimes it comes in great, steady waves, sometimes in short bursts, sometimes in a trickle. Sometimes it fades; sometimes it even goes away for a while.
But it will come back.
The good thing is, when it does come back, it feels fresh, strong and better than before.
The reason it always comes back is because it was there in the first place, and, if it was there in the first place, that means it’s a part of who you are. You were meant to receive inspiration, process it and channel it into your own form of expression. So, you will do your thing again. Even if you take a break now and then.
I don’t think there’s such a thing as “losing your mojo,” but your mojo might occasionally go on vacation.
They key to getting through it is to relax and try not to fret too much. Just realize your mojo will be back, and it will be tanned, rested and ready.
If it seems to be gone too long, you can always help coax it back by spending a little time with your personal sources of inspiration. These could be people, places, books, art, movies, music, you name it. Go back to the things that ignited your passions in the first place.
That’s what worked for me, and helped “break the silence” this time around.
Like the seasons, the tides, the sun and moon, so goes the mojo. It’s a natural thing.
It ebbs and flows, but it’s never completely gone. It’s in your soul and it’s what started you on this path. You took this course because you had to, you were meant to and, above all, you love it.
I had to remind myself of this, and, likely, will have to again. If you’re in that boat, remind yourself.
You needn’t worry about those low tides. The big waves will be rolling in directly. And you will ride them again, ‘cause that’s what you do.