One way of approaching the new year is that we are each writing a story.
Within the greater story of the universe, we can pursue this as a tale of enlightenment – of knowing and being known.
There’ll be good things along the way, but we’re not pursuing good. Good hides remarkable. There are greater things we can shape and be engaged in. And problems and obstacles will be the most important elements; here’s something to open this thought up from Pixar’s co-founder Ed Catmull:
‘What makes Pixar special is that we acknowledge we will always have problems, many of them hidden from our view; that we work hard to uncover these problems, even if doing so we make ourselves uncomfortable, and that we come across a problem, we marshal all our energies to solve it.’*
Over the five years of making the first all computer generated animation Toy Story, Disney offered good ideas for solving problems such as including songs – something that had worked for Disney. But Pixar resisted the good, eventually triumphing with a throughly engaging story.
Ed Catmull and team appeared to have done “it,” but this didn’t satisfy Catmull.
The story for Catmull was not about creating story after story using the new technologies, but to build a sustainable creative culture.
Over the holidays, I’ve been communicating with someone who’s frustrated and wanting to make some changes; I think they’re beginning to write a story, There’ll be temptations to settle for something good but less, but beyond these lies a world of deep imagination and creativity:
‘Longing is the deepest and most ancient voice in the human soul. It is the secret source of all presence and the driving force of all creativity and imagination: longing keeps the door open and calls toward us the gifts and blessings of which our lives dream.’**