Often we get to experience/witness something at the end of its creative process – we are mostly not involved with the process in any way. For example, standing in front of a completed painting or listening to the latest songs played by a music artist live. We don’t always know how things work when we use them, especially with regards to technology; thus we often don’t know how to fix them when they pack up.
I watched this video this morning, showing the entire process of how an artist hand-draws the most astoundingly realistic bottle.
Let us take this as a gentle reminder, a prod, to slow down a bit. To think about where the food we eat comes from. To appreciate how much soul, emotion and effort goes into creating the art we get to look at/touch/taste on our plates/hear/smell and sometimes just walk straight past. Even if we don’t like it or connect with it, sometimes even dislike it, we need to at least appreciate that there was a process and that someone applied effort to bring it to life. Something that is particularly remarkable to me is how we get to read a book in a day or few that someone may have taken a lifetime to gather experience, thoughts and research sufficient to write it and get it ready for shelf consumption.
So let’s take a moment, to savour the flavours we are so blessed to experience in life, where they came from and who worked their asses off somewhere down the line to get them to us in one form or another. Think about the inspiration that sparked them, the ideas that fuelled, the wood that sustained and the embers that continue to burn. And of course, Nature, the ultimate creator, is certainly worth more than a mention. We run to the shade of a tree to seek refuge from the sun, but how many years, what an intricate creative process took place from seed to shade… I think it is truly magical and miraculous when people and nature interact to create – such as conceiving a child and planting crops. So too, we get to witness the light of stars that is from hundreds of years ago! What a mindblowing process that is.
Perhaps the creative process, the creation of most things, is a work of art in itself. Even though there is so much we will never be a part of nor be able to comprehend, we would do better to observe and appreciate far more often than we take the time out to do.