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Finding Your Muse: What to do when inspiration leaves but the need to create remains?

I always found it interesting when artists, writers, creators in general lost their inspiration.   Like Michelangelo’s fallow period, or Brian Wilson’s.  I never understood how someone with so much talent and ability could just not make something, not write or paint or compose.  It wasn’t until I started my own business and took on a crusade to include a blog on my website that I started to understand that feeling.

Michelangelo's famous statue, David

I like inspiring people, provoking thought, asking questions that get you to take a step back and say, “huh, I never thought of it that way,” and then smile with triumph.  So, with that goal in mind, I’ve done my best to create and communicate somewhat original ideas on a regular basis.  Much like an artist, I need inspiration to do so.  And some days, sometimes, I just don’t have the inspiration.  Not a single creative, thought provoking, empowering idea comes to my mind.  I’m blank.  Or so I think.

Brian Wilson on Tour

I thought, there has to be some way to finding your muse when inspiration leaves but the need to create remains!  Based on my own experience, I think that when people lose their muse it is largely mindset.  And I’m not saying that people that lose inspiration for a long period of time are bad.  We all have our strengths and our weaknesses; we each face our own challenges and our own inner gremlins.  But when I’m feeling down on the world and upset I seem to not be able to find any inspiration in things.  I’m just negative, blah and uninspired.  I sometimes feel upset about myself, that I’m not living up to my own expectations.  Or I’m upset that I keep having to deal with annoying situations – a fender bender, insurance companies, a plumbing problem.

Rachmaninoff's Moments Musicuax

But there’s always sh*t to deal with and I could just let my inner gremlin play on my fears and anxieties constantly.  Or I can deal gracefully, without taking it personally.  I can choose my mindset, to not let things bother me and I can chose not to entertain the paralyzing images my inner gremlin plays.  And when I choose a positive mindset, I find that there is inspiration everywhere for we live in a miraculous world.

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