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This Too Shall Pass

Girl in hat looking thoughtful for Catching Fireworks blog This too shall pass

Last week, I saw several people on social media talking about the fact that we had just had the longest day of the year.  Aside from those who moaned that the days will now be getting shorter, the main source of bewilderment was that it seemed only five minutes since it was Christmas.  It is the same sort of disbelief which you can experience when you hit a big birthday (one of those with a zero at the end), and you wonder where the last decade went.

When you are anticipating an event, like a holiday for example, it never seems to come and then suddenly, not only it is over but happen two weeks ago.

Take Five with Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont of Pocket Arts and Open Spaces on Catching Fireworks blog

Lucy Beaumont is a freelance Arts Producer and Founder ofPocket Arts.  This is a community arts organisation working to create and promote local community engagement projects and sustainable networks for artists, designers and makers.  They partner with local authorities, community associations, charities and traders networks to bring an accessible cultural offering to local areas, providing cultural regeneration through the animation of unusual spaces.  

A major initiative is theOpen Arts Space

What is the worst that can happen?

Boy gazing out of a rainy window, for blog on What is the worst that can happen

I have written before aboutfears, such as public speaking or networking, and how you can take gradual actions to help you overcome them.

Sometimes though, it is hard to get through to the actions because you just get stopped by the fears.  That’s when the question, ‘what is the worst that can happen?, is really useful.  It is a question I often use in coaching as we drill down to what the perceived fear is, why it is frightening and how we can get passed it.  

The basic process goes along the lines of:

Try Something Different

“Is it the ideas that are blocked or the way you fulfil them?  Check that your tools work for you.”

The above was one of the tips in my May #creativeblocks campaign on Twitter.  It came from one of my Take Five guests, but I have subsequently had my own experience of this when writing blogs.

Every week, I would sit down at my laptop with a nice blank document in front of me, knowing the message I wanted to impart and a vague idea of how I wanted to write it.  I would start typing and after an hour or so, with a bit of a struggle, I would have written my usual 400 - 800 words.

The 'Best' is Now

A cup of tea in a china cup with a flower and notebook

When I was a child, my Mum always wanted me to save some things 'for best'; the smartest clothes, the shiniest shoes, the best china, etc.

In some ways, there is some sense to this.  If you are going for an important meeting or event, it is probably sensible to have a set of clothes that are smarter, tidier, than usual, as it is said it only takes 3 seconds to make a first impression.  But hang on... I know plenty of times when people have met an important new connection in the most random of circumstances; having to share a table in a coffee shop, sitting next to them on a train, even on one occasion when trapped in a lift!