A Willingness to Surrender

REGARDING THE CREATIVE STRUGGLE, Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez has given some of the best advice I’ve ever heard: “Don’t struggle so much, the best things happen when not expected.” He’s advocating creative surrender. This is not giving up. It’s not resignation to forces stronger than we are that holds us back; it’s the acknowledgment of other forces pushing us in directions oblique to our expectations. Bigger directions. More interesting directions. It’s not compromising and settling for less. It’s recognizing a desire for something more than what we first imagined and not wanting to miss that. It’s seeing the flow of life and getting on board, not fighting it.

This kind of surrender—this receptivity—is important ...

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