Deciding is the first step in any creative process. By deciding to make kombucha, I also decide not to make (at least in that moment) beer, sake, wine, mead, cider, etc.
So the first batch/draft is made. Now what?
That four-letter word is why I wrote these kombucha posts. Waiting is what gives your creations flavor and maturity. I used to really, really struggle with waiting. (Now, I can use just one 'really.' Hey, it's progress.) When I started fermenting things I finally understood how essential waiting is to making things that are robust, rather than weak and watery. So after your first round of making something:
* Put it away. Step aside.
* Live your life and tend to other things.
* Resist the temptation to peek and meddle.
* Rest in the knowledge that transformation is allowed, not forced.
* Chuckle at the irony that you, and your perceptions, are changing while you wait.
Conscious waiting is not idle. It is a very active state of mind, and state of mastery, that rounds out the body of your creation, while also mellowing its creator.
Adopting a fermenter's mindset, and applying it to your writing, will help you relax and be at-ease with your creative gaps. Do you really want to crank out vats of uninteresting, non-nourishing kool-aid? There's plenty of sugar-water already flowing in the world. Take your time with what you pour. Choose savory.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾