It's one of the defining attributes of our higher intelligence. It separates us from the lower life forms and provides proof of our celestial ancestry as God's children.
So why is it so d@mn hard to do?
How many of you have started a project with undeniable inspiration, only to have it stripped from you by life's hardships and challenges? And sometimes those challenges are temporal; they aren't even worth their weight in negative emotion. In retrospect, they often appear as carefully timed distractions to deter our commitments to the highest expression of our being. And yet, knowing all of this (for us that do), we still meander through life on a helpless escapade in search of satisfactory conditions which will enable us to embark upon that creative "expedition". But those ideal conditions never seem to come. No, the necessary mental soil required to seed, plant and nurture creative ambition is fleeting at best.
For those that push forward despite the opposition, the gains are vastly outweighed by the expenditure of energy necessary to obtain them. Countless hours of hard work, emotional and mental fatigue, physical exhaustion...only to grasp a tiny piece of progress. And yet we celebrate, increment by increment, all the while loathing the daunting drudge towards success.
God forbid you count up the cost along the journey and decide that the goal is no longer worth its pursuit. Then, all you're left with is wasted time and energy, even when compared with the potentially substantial personal growth you've made along the way. Which leads me to another thought: The end justifies the means only when said means are not a means to an end.
Therefore, In the end, is it even worth it?
Maybe it's not about worth. Maybe it's about the nature of the universe. The nature of the universe is the seed. And we are all farmers. We plant seeds in life, water them and watch them grow. Whether it be ideas, relationships, children...all of them start from an intangible essence, thoughts, given life through a physical manifestation or expression of that idea. Creativity. But the journey from thought to conception is sometimes a pathway riddled with insurmountable odds. And to the basest of minds, it doesn't seem worth it.
But to those few who have endured the journey, that success, as temporal as it may be, provides a tiny glimpse into the eye of creation, into the eye of God. And in that moment, in that blink in eternity, for a slight slither of the continuum, man and God are peers.
John 10:34 - Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'?
Psalm 82:6 - "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'
I guess sometimes the proof is the pudding.