[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Robert Lepage, one of Canada’s greatest creators and artistic visionaries, recently spoke at the 26th annual CAPACOA conference, The Culture of Curiosity. The conference offered many opportunities for stimulating learning and thought-provoking commentary, and Mr. Lepage certainly did not disappoint in this regard.
Of his many insightful comments, there was one that particularly resonated for its layers of meaning and interpretation.
"We travel to the moon to look back on the earth."
Many who spend their time thinking, researching and writing about the act of creativity will say it is the process, or the journey, that is most important element of creativity. As a result, the creator is not – or should not – be focused on the end result, or destination, but rather the trials and errors, and the failures and successes.
In a few simple and descriptive words, Mr. Lepage beautifully illustrates this point. He eliminates the often single-minded focus on the destination, as he reminds us to look back: to see where we started, to reflect on the journey and to celebrate what has been accomplished along the way.
In business this is particularly challenging in the face of the unending quest for more: increased ticket sales, more performances, bigger productions, additional donors and members, larger budgets.
The continual pressure for more is endless, robbing us of a sense of destination or arrival and seemingly disallowing us the luxury of reflection and perspective.
Mr. Lepage reminds us of the importance of these qualities. I am sure if we take the time to stop, even for a moment, to reflect with a renewed perspective, we just might marvel at our accomplishments and our personal journeys to the moon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]