Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and soon to be published Big Magic, was in Sydney last week giving a talk at the Sydney Opera House on How to be a Creative Genius. I could not attend but saw Gilbert last year at Angel Place, Sydney. This blog has been sitting in my drafts ever since! I’m about a year late but am inspired by Gilbert’s recent quote –
“Done is better than good. We have a limited amount of time. “
Last year’s talk was amazing. I understood the magic, the synchronicity around Gilbert’s creative process. This happens to me particularly when I am on Facebook, social media and the internet. One thing that struck me was Gilbert’s suggestion that ideas float around and you have to grab them or they go to the next person. Also, our ideas don’t belong to us. The day after the talk, tweets seemed tangible and Gilbert’s words were very much in the air. The big magic occurred for me when Gilbert left Sydney for her talk in New Zealand.
The morning after the talk at Angel Place I was heading back home from a meeting in Mosman and caught sight of a beautiful crocheted scarf in a window display. It had far too many digits on its price tag to contemplate having it draped around my shoulders; so drawing on Gilbert’s talk on all things creative, I thought I would crochet a similar scarf. At home, I remembered I had by my bedside table a yellow crocheted piece my mother made years ago. Here it is – in all it’s yellowness. And as I type and look at the photo I recall this piece would rest on our family’s TV cabinet decades ago.
Now yellow is not usually a preference for me in soft furnishings, however this piece just hangs in there! That afternoon, I mentioned to Mum my urge to pick up the crochet needle. I had bought along this crocheted piece and we looked closely at the pattern; knowing that I would attempt a much simpler version. As I spent the afternoon with my parents, I tweeted to Gilbert something about ideas floating around Sydney and how her talk was so inspiring. Facebook and Twitter threads had Gilbert’s wisdom floating around and creativity was very much in the air. Somewhere in these couple of days I got a Tweet Favourite by Gilbert.
The following morning; first thing in the morning, I logged into Facebook and this is the first post I saw. Elizabeth Gilbert now in New Zealand and getting ready for her talk. A yellow crocheted dress for her talk and one she quotes as decades old. A similar shade of yellow with a similar crocheted pattern. Big magic, synchronicity whatever you call it; I know that the web of magic Gilbert talks about got caught up in my web.
For me, I find much synchronicity on social media. And this is one example of many. What does synchronicity tell me? That I am on the right track. That when I let go of fear, when I show up at my computer, when I am being authentic and follow my bliss I am rewarded by these moments of magic. Yes, it is play, but synchronicity also weaves its way in my work and I know to follow my intuition.
If you haven’t seen Gilbert’s TEDx talk then click here. You can also pick up some quotes on social media regarding her recent talk at the Sydney Opera House if you follow a few hashtags for example on Twitter #ElizabethGilbert and #AllAboutWomen.
What is your experience with big magic or synchronicity?