It wasn’t raining when ...

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson July 16, 2015

"...Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house...."

— Hebrews 11:7

In the ancient story of the Great Flood, Noah built an ark into which he loaded supplies and two of each animal, male and female. As it began to rain, he finished the ark, took his family into it and within a few days, the ark began to float on the waters.

Noah, his family and the animals safely floated around in this large boat until the rains had stopped and the ground dried up. The ark came to rest and they safely disembarked, the only remaining inhabitants of the earth.

Noah’s ark has become a symbol of advance preparation for catastrophes. While the earth is unlikely to experience a major flood, other kinds of floods can hit everyone, including creative professionals. Nothing saps creative energy more quickly than employment, health and family relationship problems.

Wise creative professionals make long-term plans and set up functioning systems for:

  • Their creative career, including keeping their training, skills and equipment current and their office and files well organized and backed up. These practices open the way for moving into new areas of creativity and revenue generation.
  • Their finances and resource management. Good money and resource management can save thousands of dollars annually and make the difference in a creative professional being able to pursue the work they want to.
  • Maintaining their health on an on-going basis.
  • Handling emergencies.
  • Building healthy on-going relationships with family and friends.
  • Maintaining a peaceful spiritual and emotional life.

Wise creative professionals  integrate all of these into a moderate lifestyle that:

  • Reflects their true situation.
  • Reflects their desires and interests.
  • Includes flexibility to adjust for unforeseen changes, large and small.

When you plan for a lifetime, much of what you do will change, but your planning will get you to the right place any way. Planning can help you live and work moderately and avoid catastrophes that can rob you of your creative and life goals.

Don’t waste time on distractions and other people’s general platitudes. Instead, make your own creative goals and then chart a simple, direct course to achieve them. Deal with your life primarily in the specific and you will come closer to the truth.

Concentrate on high-value actions that have multiple good effects. Your actions have consequences that ripple out into your future. What you do has great influence  on your present and future and that of everyone you are involved with. Concentrate on that which is of greatest worth and let other things go.

Your health should be a top priority before anything else, so plan your food, exercise and sleep wisely and stick with your plan. This is crucial to a happy, secure future, so do it first. Good health will ripple out to every area of your life, your budget and your work. Taking care of yourself first will make an exponential difference in your life and creativity.

Work on your career in a single minded way during work hours. Disciplined creative work helps you financially and psychologically and teaches you and those around you cooperation and the discipline of persistence.

Plan your life so that you will enjoy it long term. Enjoy is derived from the root word joy. To have joy in your life, you have to enjoy it.