I have always been a Big Project person. I want to accomplish stuff. I want to get the next advanced degree or write the next book or create a new website and start a new career. My friend Libby feels a similar pull. She calls that Project Driver who lives inside, her "Inner Accomplisher. " My Inner Accomplisher is very active. It nags. It cajoles. And, when it can't get me to work on the next Big Project, it calls in support from the Self-Critic and Self-Slammer. Often, the three of them can get me going again. But my work suffers. It doesn't come from an authentic, spiritually grounded and open place. It comes from having turned things upside down...
Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
In fact, I don't have to make or do anything. I can't write a book (or make a blog post) anymore than a pile of clay can make a mug. My job is to be the clay. That simple. Be molded. Be patient, obedient and willing to be directed. I don't even have to prime the clay, take the rocks and bumps out. The potter does all the work. The degree of humble, open, flexible readiness I express determines how the project proceeds. Will the potter have to fight with me to get the mug made or will I stop turning things upside down and let the potter do its thing?