Separating Yourself from Your Work
Making things is a necessary part of being human. Our creator is just that, a creator. And we are made in his image.
Creating though, it’s a difficult thing. For us fallen humans, it causes frustration and angst.
One thing that helps is to separate yourself from your work.
Here's what I mean:
Oftentimes, we begin work on something, and it's going really well. We're making progress, we're churning out ideas, we're ecstatic. We're making something.
But then we get past that moment of newness, and begin to look over what we've done. Or we put it out there to have others take a look. And the response is not what we'd hoped. That new and perfect thing we’ve created is not perfect, and is longer even new.
This moment is taxing for me. That angst creeps in and starts taking its toll.
The problem, I’ve discovered, is that I attribute criticism of my work as criticism of myself.
I mean, I'm the one who made it, right?
But that work is not me. That work is something I did. And even if it's two seconds after finishing, that's the old me. I've learned things since then.
If I can separate myself from my work, that work will get better. I won't be so quick to defend bad decisions. I won't stubbornly refuse molding it into something new.
It can be tough. Really tough. But separating myself from my work is essential to creating something beautiful.
Because I'm fallen, I don't know what's best. And I inherently think the world revolves around me.
But it doesn't. And if I can step away from my creation, allowing others to have a say, and myself to be objective, that creation will become much more like that which my Creator has created.
Beautiful, true, and exciting to behold.