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“Don’t Forget to Bring Your Umbrella”
One summer, a drought threatened the crop in a small town. On a hot and dry Sunday, the village spiritual leader told villagers, “There isn’t anything that will save us except to pray for rain. Go home, pray, believe, and come back next Sunday ready to thank God for sending rain.”
The people did as they were told and returned to the village the following Tuesday. But as soon as the spiritual leader saw them, he recognized the problem immediately. “We can’t worship today. You do not yet believe,” he said. “But,” they protested, “we prayed, and we do believe.” “Believe?” he responded. “Then where are your umbrellas?”
What metaphors can you apply to your life from this story? What would the creativity counterpart to the umbrella be in your search for a more creative life? Are you experiencing a dry spell, creatively speaking? What does the power of belief have to do with an outpouring of creative energy?
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“Must” #1 (a demand on yourself): “I MUST do well and get approval, or else I’m worthless.” This demand causes anxiety, depression, and lack of assertiveness.
“Must” #2 (a demand on others): “You MUST treat me reasonably, considerately, and lovingly, or else you’re no good.” This “must” leads to resentment, hostility, and violence.
“Must” #3 (a demand on situations): “Life MUST be fair, easy, and hassle-free, or else it’s awful.” This thinking is associated with hopelessness, procrastination, and addictions.