The persistent pursuit of The Stuff


“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

Have you had this feeling? You want to accomplish something, but your mind and even your physical work space is such a jumble that you can’t even figure out what it is you want to accomplish. Many mornings I’m there.

Tumbled piles of books and phonograph records and toys and even a rock or two – where is their place? Surely not in this mess.

On the other hand, there is that little plaque in the corner: “Creative Clutter is better than tidy idleness.” Yes, but why does my work area look so much like idle clutter?

Still, I keep at it, spilling words onto a page at the appointed hour every morning, and at some point I find that among the nuggets in my careless pile of stuff is the stuff of dreams, the stuff of magic, the stuff of capital letters:

The Stuff, not just the stuff. The Stuff.

When you find The Stuff within you, or resting on a branch, or soaring with the pelicans overhead – ah, The Stuff and its magic spell will lift you – there, where The Stuff is waiting to be discovered, there is when it becomes Creative Clutter.

Keep creating – just digging and building from the stuff that’s inside you. It may take a while to happen, but if you keep at it, eventually The Stuff will begin to happen. Don’t quit now; keep creating.

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WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith, journalist and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and a couple of cats.