Post last updated: July 26th, 2017
I recently finished reading DIGGING DEEP: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening by Fran Sorin, a garden designer.
I loved this book because it was about gardening and creativity. As I mentioned in a previous post, the subject of creativity has been dear to my heart for 20+ years.
Digging Deep was divided into seven stages starting with Imagining and Envisioning then moving onto Planning and Taking Action. The last three stages were about Tending, Enjoying and Cycling Through the Seasons.
One of the chapters was on Trusting Your Instincts. Sorin said “we all have stories about times in our lives when we didn’t follow our instincts and lived to regret it” and went on to say that “when you make choices that are aligned with your instincts, you build self-confidence.” In relating it to gardening, she suggested that we trust our instincts when we have a sense of what will work in our garden and suggested that in a worst-case scenario, we would end up with something representing our current creative process that we could fix or camouflage later.
Near the end of the book, Sorin said the special secret about creativity is that it’s “a form of energy, and it follows the natural physical law that energy begets energy. You are not giving your ideas or creative products away so much as making room for new ones to arise. By keeping the energy in motion, your imagining and envisioning powers stay fresh and active, and your capacity to see more possibilities increases. To share the products of your authentic creation is to pass along your legacy. This is how a piece of us lives on, long after our time here has expired.”