What You Create is Forever
There are many reasons to create what your soul calls upon you to create—whether that be a painting, a poem, a blog, or a business. All of these are works of art. Whichever one you create is a form of SELF-expression. And true self-expression is a gift not only to the creator, but to all those who encounter your work.
Another reason to create from your core is that what you create lasts, literally, forever. Sure, your painting may not be seen by the masses (although it might). Your poem—even if published—likely won’t be published and republished for centuries. Your blog may not go viral. And your business may run only for a time, even if that means it lasts decades. But here’s the reason what you create lasts forever: Whether three people or one million people interact with it, those people are changed by it—irrevocably, in some small or larger way. And, then, every other person they interact with is also changed by it. The thread of your creative work, once woven into the universe, can never be completely extracted.
This isn’t just true for works of art or a business you start or an idea you generate and share. This is also true for the family you may have started, for the relationships you played a part in creating, for the opinions you developed and shared, for the kind and encouraging words you speak to others, for the advice you offer. These are creative acts, too. And they also last forever. Because people are works of art and when you alter them, even infinitesimally, the ripples extend to every human being with whom they interact. On and on and on—forever. Even when you can’t see or hear or feel the changes your creativity has wrought in the world, please have faith that the changes exist and are immortal. I promise you this is true.
There’s another aspect to the permanence of creativity to consider. Do your best. What you manifest will resonate forever in this universe of ours. Don’t let that scare you, let it embolden you. You’re that powerful.
In his stunningly beautiful novel Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger wrote about the way Zooey Glass was taught about this fact by his late brother Seymour. All the kids in the family went on a television quiz show called “Wise Child” together, regularly. And when Seymour advised Zooey to shine his shoes before the broadcast, Zooey protested. The audience couldn’t even see his shoes from where the Glass children sat. But Seymour corrected him. He told him to shine his shoes for the Fat Lady, an imaginary woman in the audience who could see everything. Here’s what Salinger writes (as Zooey):
I’ll tell you a terrible secret. Are you listening to me? There isn’t anyone out there who isn’t Seymour’s Fat Lady … Don’t you know that? Don’t you know that secret yet?”
Create. Do your best. What you effort is forever.
Dr. Keith Ablow