Our actions often have unforeseen consequences. We don’t set out to disrupt the balance of things. Nor do we consciously choose to negatively impact our environment and those who share it. Usually, we wake up one day and realize everything has changed.
For example, take the issues faced by Floridians as they try to cope with a burgeoning exotic snake population. Without natural predators, these former pets and their numerous and highly fecund offspring are creating a different environment–one with fewer native animal populations. (See Scientific American’s article on the subject here.)
It’s creepy and a little scary, but we easily imagine what it would be like to deal with. What isn’t so easy to grasp is the psychological equivalent of turning things loose in our mental and spiritual environments. When we fail to exercise vigilance and responsibility, we decide, consciously or unconsciously, to alter our psychological environment which affects not only ourselves but those around us.
It may seem a small and inconsequential thing to let self-doubt slither off into the dark. Or to ignore the dark beady eyes of blame in the background. We may even be able to live with the boa constrictor of negativity breathing down our neck. But none of this is without consequence.
Our lives, especially our creative lives, are marred by the monsters that creep around in the places no one sees. Some of them seem so familiar that we might mistake them for friends. It takes courage and determination to root them out. But the effort and the energy it takes to deal with them are worth it.
Creativity in its many forms gives us a place to work on them. To pull them out one at a time, expose them to light and name them. To see them truly and with a new perspective. Transforming them transforms us. Be encouraged and take heart. The task is arduous but the rewards are great.