As I sit here staring at a blank page—typing, deleting, typing again, deleting again, (updating my Instagram), typing, deleting, staring—I consider the seemingly monumental task at hand: writing one single blog post.
The forest of trees on my desktop background mirrors the muddled state of my mind: vast and lush, yet directionless. Branches intertwine, the longest of them extending and disappearing into the backlit white space of the sun, fading to nothing.
Ideas form and mingle in my mind, but the great white page stands unadorned until one of them can take root and grow. A multitude of voices nag and prod my brain, stunting any progress.
Where ever will you begin? Which idea is strongest? What about that other one? What’s the big picture? Who really cares?
If I'm honest with myself, this is what nearly every creative project feels like.
Whether small and simple like writing a blog post, or large and daunting like rebranding a statewide initiative, the act of creation often begins in agony.
But if we can narrow our focus from that vast forest of possibilities to a single seed of an idea, things can truly begin to flourish and grow.