It is strange to be writing in Minnesota, having left New England at the height of summer, and now to see images of a region inundated by snow and more snow, in record amounts. Many thought it was funny for me to choose to move to Minnesota, anticipating a worsening of my weather environment. Well, isn’t it ironic that, so far, the winter in the Upper Midwest has been relatively mild and hardly any snow has covered the southern part of Minnesota.

It makes me think of all the assumptions and anticipations that I have had in other situations, particularly of an artistic nature, that have not panned out. Just because an event might be likely, or one projects a certain outcome, does not mean it will become reality. A witty acronym which has stayed with me is that FEAR represents Future Events Appearing Real. The emphasis is on “appearing”. Therefore, the thought that something is assumed to be real before it has happened, and to be anticipated with dread, is a flawed and damaging strategy, especially if what is anticipated is really negative and a “worst case scenario”. One can be wrong and even nature can surprise us with unexpected events.

Our thoughts and beliefs profoundly affect our present experience, which is precisely where we live our life. A creative person must accept there are many possible outcomes, even generating the many possibilities, but to move out of the present in order to consider the range is to misplace the advantages of a fertile imagination.

I am proposing that we re-examine the nature of creative work. Practice and preparation are all-important in being able to have the freedom to choose from many possibilities in any given moment.