The Wanderer versus the Procrastinator
Yesterday, we explored the value of wandering as a way of nurturing a creative life, but how do you know when you’re wandering instead of procrastinating?
The answer is found in your internal state of being.
In the state of the Wanderer, you’re at peace, centered with an inner stillness. Your mind drifts aimlessly, but you’re not attached to any thoughts. You’ve already prepared; now you’re waiting patiently for the idea to present itself. You’re aligned to the Muse, not distractions.
When procrastinating, you’re stressed and emotionally edgy. Although you continually try to suppress it, you are taxed by the weight of responsibility and mounting neglect. You waste energy on inner commentary and random chatter; you don’t invest time to prepare. The procrastinator seeks distractions and looks for escapes from the present moment, which seem too painful to experience.
Obviously, the outcomes of these two states are very different as well. One leads to stress and subpar results; the other state leads to untold treasures from creative inspiration.