Time to get moving…

Last year was hor­ri­ble when it comes to my cre­ativ­i­ty and inspi­ra­tion. Despite pro­duc­ing some great work in 2008 I vowed off and on all year that I would make the best of 2009. I would take every ounce of moti­va­tion I had and try my best to make 2009 the best year pos­si­ble. I am and have always been crit­i­cal of my own work. Prob­lably more than I should be. It’s counter pro­duc­tive and only serves to derail my cre­ativ­i­ty. I spent the major­i­ty of last year search­ing for moti­va­tion, search­ing for inspi­ra­tion. What I found was in many ways phe­nom­i­nal work. I dis­cov­ered artists who’s work I could only dream of pro­duc­ing. I found a few duds that made me feel a lit­tle bit bet­ter about my own work as well.

Fast for­ward to the start of 2009. The win­ter funk has struck hard. Prob­lems with the econ­o­my forc­ing com­pa­nies, includ­ing the one that I work for dur­ing my day job, to make cut­backs to salaries and work­forces only excacer­bates the prob­lem. I have nev­er been immune to lay­offs, rather for­tu­nate that I have posi­tioned myself into spots that albeit are sub­ject to lay­offs were not affect­ed. Until recent­ly I nev­er real­ly thought about what I would do if I were to be “let go” under such cir­cum­stances. Over the years I have been empa­thet­ic to peo­ple that I know that have been affect­ed by work­force reduc­tions. I have offered my help in ways that would hope­ful­ly get them mean­ing­ful jobs. Some­times suc­cess­ful, some­times not. Some­times the only thing that I could offer was my empa­thy. All along nev­er con­sid­er­ing what I would do. How does one learn to be empa­thet­ic with one self?