Ever heard of “coffee snobs”?
(If you are one, you’re grinning. Uh-huh. Yup.)
A coffee snob is someone who doesn’t just know and love good coffee; the snob knows and loves the best coffee — and doesn’t accept anything less.
We’ve studied coffee, tasted all kinds of coffees, and become spoiled on quality coffee.
By definition, a snob believes that his or her tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people. And for coffee lovers, it’s not belief; it’s truth. (*Caution: Coffee Snob Crossing. ha.)
So for those of us who adore coffee, “just any old coffee” will NOT do.
Coffee snobs are the ones who drive across town
to get a cup of coffee at the “good” coffee place —
because no other coffee will do.
Coffee snobs not only know the difference between Sumatra, Guatemalan, and French Roast
(can there be anything more different?) —
we talk Indonesian, Yemen, and South American, too.
We use words like “espresso shots pulled,”
“berry, wine, and chocolate notes,” and
“intense, lime-like acidity.”
(And we get really excited about “single origin expresso.”)
And if someone offers us offee from McDonalds — oy!
Off with their heads!
(That’s not coffee. Get real.
It’s water with coffee-ish flavoring splashed in. duh.)
Who, me? (Yes, you.)
Snobs exist everywhere. It’s too bad the word has a horrid connotation, because we’re really nice people (most of the time).
Now hang with me here, because there’s a point to this.
(You know me. There’s always a point.)
Snobs exist in all activities. Within all phases of activities.
there are pen snobs, too.
I know. I am one.
(Oh, yes. We can be many snobs all rolled into one.
Wow. That conjures up weirdness.)
Yesterday, when working together with a fabulous young author and her work, I couldn’t find the right pen. All had to stop, until I found it. All was not right with the world — until the correct pen rested between my fingers.
You see, particularly for those of us who adore writing, “just any old pen” will NOT do.
We have to have the pen that feels good in the hand.
With the perfect weight.
And the perfect tip.
And the most perfect movement across the paper.
(I know…there’s no such thing as most perfect. The words simply felt right. See. There I go. I’m being a snob about word choice and rhythm, too.)
A good pen allows you to engage when you write. Really write.
Hear me again: Snobs are everywhere.
For those of us who adore painting,
“just any old brush” will NOT do.
And for those of us who create photographs as an art form,
“just any old camera” will NOT do.
And for those of us who play an instrument,
“just any old instrument” will NOT do.
(Don’t get me started on this one.)
There’s a message here.
When it comes to creativity and artistry, each of us has preferences. But they’re not just preferences. They’re personal, comfortable habits of creativity that allow us to do our best.
We learn what works for us, and we refine the process over time. By using the best equipment, the best processes, and even the best coffee and pens, we slide into our creative sweet spot — getting to the artistry faster and with more excellence because we turned a creative preference into a habit that increased our artistry and productivity.
(That’s a mouthful. But a true mouthful, at that.)
What’s your sweet spot?
What tools, tricks, and processes help you to create at your highest levels of performance?
(Have you been attentive enough to know what helps you to create at a faster rate, in the zone with the brain, body, and soul working together at optimum speed and skill?)
Snobbery, if you will, in the form of your own special process —
where you tap into the creative —
where creativity takes hold of you and thrusts you into the ring —
where you flash the fists and fight and win —
emerging victorious, arm held high — and the winner is! —
held high by the audience, collective individuals experiencing your work, as the crowd roars —
Yes, this kind of snobbery benefits everyone involved.
(Application Button, please…)
Okay. Bottom Line.
Find the physical and mental tools that take you to creativity’s center.
Don’t let the tool become the focus, though. Fuse with the tools, to become the opponent who’s fully in the mental and physical game, to create at the highest pace and performance.
We’re all entering the ring to win,
Find what pulls you to excellence, even in the small things.
Like the right pen. And a good cup of coffee.
* This post is dedicated to my husband, who kindly offered me a coffee from McDonalds and got more of an answer to the why not? than he anticipated. No matter how nicely it’s explained, it just sounds…snobbish. *sigh