Lately I have benefitted from some happy accidents, both in my photography and in my writing. I have one camera that is so sharp and clear - 24.60 megapixels - that it captures details I may not notice when taking the shot.
With my little Konica-Minolta pocket camera, often I am walking around the city, or in another country, when suddenly I see a certain image begging to be shared. Later, when I upload that image on my laptop, I notice some quirky aspect of the scene that may be even more interesting than the vision I'd first glimpsed.
"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller
It's exactly the same in writing. The poem or the post; the article or the book I start out writing is markedly different from the finished product. It's the journey - with all its unexpected detours - that informs the creative process, just as it's the journey of our lives and the choices we make along the way that define who we are as individuals.
What unexpected delights are you discovering along your creative journey? Do you find your original ideas evolving, as you work? Are you sometimes surprised by the results?
Of course there are times when results need to be predictable and precise, i.e. in a business proposal or document related to government, education or the corporate world. But more often than not, our work doesn't have to be so tightly controlled, does it? Sometimes it's good just to relax and see where the journey takes us. Walking with an open heart and mind along a path without destination can yield surprising rewards.
International Women's Day
Today is International Women's Day. Read here about commemorations and celebrations going on around the world. And take a moment to reflect on what you and other women do to help make the world a better, kinder and more peaceful place.