I am smack-bang in the middle of the hardest part of my current project.

No longer the fresh excitement and boundless possibilities of the new, nor yet the fragrant and tantalising promise of completion, just the work; the seemingly endless and repetitive no-mans-land of the daily grind.

But still everyday I get up, brew my coffee, and get after it.

This post is about why.

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Sometimes, the work feels like a war.

There are times when my body is tired, or broken, or both.  Times when my spirit is thoroughly unwilling.  Times when the well feels empty, when I have nothing to say; when my fingers are stiff and cold, my voice is silent, and the whole world seems haar-bleached, fog-bound, and grey.

But I am a veteran at this game.  I know her rules and I know her secrets.  I have witnessed long the tricks and wiles of my opposition.  I have been making music, writing things, and performing them live ever since I was 7 years old.  In terms of this I am an old lion; and I know well my jungle in darkness.

I have learned over time that how I am feeling in the moment bears no relation to the quality of what may be produced in any given session.  Thoughts, emotions, and the body are generally poor indicators of the day’s potential.  The things I make when I feel bad and the things I make when I feel good are indistinguishable in terms of quality when I look back on them in the cold light of morning.

When understood properly this one fact removes nearly all excuses.

In any pursuit of worth resistance is a constant.  This is not a bad thing.  It is the resistance that the electricity encounters whilst travelling along the wire inside the bulb that creates the light which illuminates our world.  The surfer is nothing without the wave, the pilot nothing without the onrush of air; and the greatest fighter in the world is but a dancer if deprived of an Opponent.

Creating things of worth and sharing them with others in order to elevate the world is one of the ways that I have chosen to justify my small part of the life that we all share in this fragile, chaotic, and beautiful dance of existence.

It is a good war.

It is my war

What’s yours? ;-)


My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.

I put almost every waking hour of my life into what I do.  If you find any worth or value in this post, my writing, or my music please consider supporting my mission by purchasing some of my music or spoken word recordings.  You’ll get some beautiful art, you can choose the amount you’d like to pay, and 10% of each purchase goes straight to a worthy charity.  Every single sale makes a difference in my world and allows me to carry on making things like this.

You can also support me by Spreading the Word.

Reblogging, retweeting, and posting links to what I do on your: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc really helps me out.  Since I started making art publicly my audience has grown, not because of any mainstream press coverage, but mostly due to grassroots word-of-mouth recommendations from awesome folk like you.

You guys are the reason I do what I do.  You are my people and we are in this together.  Any victory on my part is a shared victory in my opinion, so let’s shake the very foundations and make something world-sized and worth celebrating, together.

I truly hope you are well.  Best wishes, and great big man-sized love.

J


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187 thoughts on “ This Is My War ”

  1. Love the post and so relevant to me and my writer friends. So I hope you don’t mind but I reblogged. Plus, I’m working on a difficult project too and have been procrastinating. You’ve made me realise I should just get on with it. Thanks!

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  2. Reblogged this and commented:
    A great blog about ‘resistance’ to working creatively when the body and mind and ‘down’. Especially useful and relevant to all my writer friends. There are no excuses even at the worst of times not to write.

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yours looks very interesting. I have clicked Follow and look forward to reading more of your creative journey in the new year.

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  4. I saw this post earlier, opened it in a new tab to save for later reading and went on with my day. I do that a lot, save the things I want to read for later. I rarely revisit those tabs, I might keep them open in my browser for a few days, but eventually I close them and the posts remain unread. Being aware of this habit of mine, I nearly closed this tab twice today but decided to wait. And I’m so happy that I did!

    What you are writing about here is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you so much! For a long time I’ve felt held back by my thoughts, emotions and my mood in general. The words and ideas are stuck in my head and I’ve let disappointments and fears keep me from writing. I mean, shouldn’t it be easy to do something you love? It has been easier to be sad about the difficulties.

    You just presented a whole new strategy. Thank you. Thank you, a thousand times.

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  5. These are very encouraging and insightful thoughts, James. I especially liked your paragraph on resistance… “that which electricity encounters whilst traveling along the wire inside the bulb that creates the light which illuminates our world.” Brilliant! I hadn’t thought of it this way. Resistance is challenging, but so often comes from the depths where the treasure is held.

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  6. This is a beautiful post James! I can relate myself too us Creative people go through many different kind of days and stages it happens that some days arent’t what we want like when the creative fluid inside us is not streaming that day the way we want it is easily to get a creative Blockage! I have those days and when they come to me I try to nurture my creativity going into the pure nature or doing other things because my inspiration can come from anything and anywhere is amazing! You are so inspiring and always have wonderful words thank you for sharing have a great evening! ;-)

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  7. I can relate and beautifully written. Lately, my war has been not apologizing for the fact I’m pursuing a career I want and not the “normal” path. Not that I’ve found the “normal” path to be that rewarding!

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