When I went to graduate school to study and train to become a Creative Arts Therapist, we were told on our first day that our first year will be focused on the theory of psychoanalysis and then the subsequent years we were to study all the other theoretical frameworks.
The purpose of this was twofold: one – if we were to accept or reject psychoanalysis it would be after the process of studying about what psychoanalysis is; and two – after we completed the process of studying other theoretical frameworks we were expected to be able to articulate the theoretical framework within which we would practice as creative arts psychotherapists.
The process would result in an end product.
How would you describe yourself?
Are you someone who believes that the end justifies the means or that the means justifies the end?
How do you see yourself?
Is your work product oriented or process oriented?
There is a built in set up to these questions because there is no end without a means and no product without a process. In other words, you can have a means without an end but you can’t have an end without a means. Similarly, you can have a process without a product, but you can’t have a product without a process.
What’s my Call to Action: Tolerate the Process
Where you place yourself, where you fit in, depends on how you experience time.
If you are end and product oriented, it is because it is hard for you to be in the time, the process, it takes to get to the end and see the product materialize. The reason I referred to the challenge of answering the above questions as being “set up” is because when you only keep your eye on the ball without understanding the playing field, what you need to do to get to the ball and know what do once you have possession of the ball, the potential of fumbling it all is greater. By acknowledging that you are always engaged in a process, you free yourself up from a lot of conflict and unnecessary tension and stress.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
The metaphor of a journey and destination is often used when looking at movement towards achieving a goal: Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. – Arthur Ashe