Get down to earth.

There is a trap attached to always having to make a difference, and if you step into it as a creative writer, your voice suffers. This is how to avoid it.

Get down to earth.

By Michell Léon

High concepts. Big ideas. Change the world projects. We are all affected by them somehow, and if not, we are constantly pounded by marketing campaigns and a worldwide social trend telling us to buy into them.

It seems you cannot have a regular job anymore without having to be part of a bigger agenda. You have to make a difference in everything you do. It's like you cannot exist without applying yourself to a cause bigger than yourself.

The trap

In a way, it's positive. The trend is a sign of humans wanting to build a better world. To be constructive. So, in spite of the stress related to it, it's a good thing.

It's also a development I have always seen myself as part of, so I understand where it's coming from. For me, the big idea was improving the way we tell stories in a digital world, and I have spent the better part of my career trying to build a platform for it. Only to find out that I sacrificed myself as a writer in the process.

The lesson is that we must never sacrifice ourselves in order to make a difference. That's the trap! Instead, we should use ourselves the way we are and build upon that. In my own example, it means being a writer first, and everything else second. My energy comes from writing, and then goes elsewhere.

A place of grounding

To get to a point of understanding yourself like that, you have to first go to a place where there is no big agenda. Where everything is down to earth. Just you and your presence in life. Nothing else.

That's when the following exercise comes in handy. What it does is take you to a nice and grounded place within, to let you dwell there for a moment in order to let your voice grow out of it.

The exercise belongs to the earth-element, of course, and is this: