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Updated on December 12, 2013



When an idea 'comes together', it may appear as if by magic. It is not. ~ It begins as a sudden inspiration or a response to a need, and may start off almost 'doing itself'. But whatever its media, before it achieves substance, the time will have been spent and the work will have been done behind the scenes. Only then will it emerge as something of merit and beauty. Time and work investments are required.

Within the creative process, other inspirations may dramatically re-think it, so that it evolves into something different from the idea as first conceived. That is part of the process, because creativity permeates the working stages, as well as its inception, so that, as finished, nothing 'shows' but what it has become, seeming as if instantly.

1% vs 99% & other stark realities

Thomas Edison is attributed with saying Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, which he did say around 1902, when he may have been perspiring.

Not a new or original concept, however:

In about 1803, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, a French naturalist, mathematician, encyclopedic author, and cosmologist, wrote: Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.”

Thomas Carlyle is credited with the term Genius is an innate capacity for taking pains”; and more accurately, “’Genius’ means a transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all.

John Ruskin also had something to say on the subject in 1878: I know of no genius but the genius of hard work.

You Came To Me From Out of Nowhere

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein | Source

Albert Einstein had a slightly different slant on it when he said, "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." He knew that nothing is totally original and it’s in combining unrelated things in unique ways which results in ‘original thought’. I love that, because I realize that one of my better talents is coordinating.

He went on to say ~ It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.Oh, yeah!

And ~ "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Exceeding especially yourself!

~No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Perhaps another way of saying, 'if you keep doing the same thing the same way, you'll keep getting the same results!'

What is this ragged noise?

Numbed inspiration, it seems,

Soul shut off from source

Must pause and be reborn.

From the muse it’s torn.

But from the silence

Comes forth a surge of vigor,

Less polished, poised,

Less serene, a spark

Emerges, ignites.

Doing the work excites.

Now it will survive,

Energetic and alive.

Then comes polished poise.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


My dad had a saying:

"If tears don't help . . .

. . . try sweat!"

© 2013 Nellieanna Hay


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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Theresa, - Thank you, my dear, for a return visit to this hub. It's always pleasant to know my stockpile of hubs isn't just fading into oblivion. I've not written any new ones in quite awhile for various reasons, so traffic has slowed down, too.

      I always enjoy re-discovering hubs and other earlier readings. Passage of time itself seems to add a dimension to them. I'm so pleased that you seem to share my repeat-performance enjoyment! Hugs!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nellieanna -

      Still a fabulous Hub. So full of wisdom and worth reading again and again. I should share this once a month every month! :)

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      I was clearing out old emails. I've had it set since I began using HP to send me email notifications whenever people I follow publish a hub. So. . .the ones I do not get to linger in a folder where they automatically filter to as they come in. This one of yours was in the mix. It's hard to stay away from your work because I do get quite a bit from it whenever I read it. But I won't share my thoughts because I'm never sure how they will be received anymore. Maybe just know they're good?

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dream On, my friend. How lovely to see you visited here. I’ve been away from Hubpages a bit, so I really am pleased when we keep in touch. It is so gratifying to hear that you’ve derived some good from my hubs. This one really is practical. Sometimes we writers think of what we do as the 1% inspiration and results, but it’s more the 99% background behind-the-scenes thought and follow-through.

      Hey! That would be fun to share a cup of tea with you! We could discuss many things. You're always full of ideas and sparkly thoughts! Your writing itself has improved dramatically. It's just a matter of matching all that is going on inside with the right words to express it. Thank you so much for visiting my hubs and letting me know that you did. It means much to me! Hugs!

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      I couldn't add to any of the comments before me. They all hit the nail right on the head. I can say I am so blessed to have a friend like you. Your hubs will always amaze me for years to come.I love your topics and your style, technique, delivery and most of all your combined passion for life. I have been away too long from your beautiful works of art. I have been trying to focus and concentrate like a laser trying to pinpoint all my energies and talents to one specific purpose. You gave me great advice a few years back I have listened to and now it is up to me to explore my own hidden world of my life before I can understand the life of someone else. I can not separate one without the other as much as I have tried. I have returned to listen and learn once more. I think if I was to learn anything from this hub it would be to listen not what I want to say but what the world has to offer. I hope this comment finds you in the best of health. You know if I could have anything in this world it would be to see all the people I have met in my life for a cup of tea sitting with Nellieanna right next to me. Wondering and enjoying the moment. Seeing all the people who affected me in some way all in one place. Thank you for sharing and caring. May your dreams continue to grow bigger and better forever.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, dear. That is my sense of it: God knows best and had a greater purpose in mind.

      I believe that good is to come from it, as her family gather and remember so many good times and all her loving ways. She was almost too good for this world; - and for sure, her body had tired of it.

      Hope you are feeling better!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Oh dear well God knows best i am sorry to hear this though about her passing. My brother was called fourteen years ago and i am sure he is much happier in that blissful land with our Saviour. I am looking forward to that hub.

      Please accept my condolences and may God comfort you and your family at this present grievous time in your lives. It is better off that way rather than she stays here to suffer, but our mortal hearts still miss them dearly.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. She had so many prayers going up all over the land and the internet, but He answered that He needed her and she needed Him then. So she went on to Him at 4:45 PM Eastern Time, on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from Indianapolis, Indiana. She had just turned 38 on June 22, 2014.

      Her spirit rose but her body simply failed - everything stopped working except the huge machine she was in to keep her alive. They took her out of it at the last so her family up there could see her before she left and say goodbye one last time. But I had felt her leaving us the evening before as her spirit stopped by here to engulf me in love, and so did her Mom feel it then.

      She's free from the pain and at peace now. She's still brightening up our hearts, and a few of them which had dimmed have been enlightened, so her passing was not in vain. It's restored some perspective which was amiss.

      I hope to soon be up to writing a hub about her life and her sweet, loving personality. She was so special and dear to me. I was her Granny Annie and we were close compadres from the moment she was born.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Nellieanna oh i am so sorry to hear that we'll say a word of prayer here for your grand daughter i hope she gets out of icu and feels better to brighten up your heart just this minute.

      Hang in there and call on the LORD God for his help.

      Love you

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, my friend. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the hub. And thanks for the good wishes, but at the moment, it’s not an enjoyable day. Have received very dire news about my eldest granddaughter. She’s in ICU and is very, very ill. Everything else seems unimportant.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Nell what's up? how are things in Texas? What have you been up to lately. Nice poetic work and great quotes :)

      I hope all is well with you and that you are having a enjoyable day .

      God bless U

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, sweet Eddy, and thank you for the visit, the lovely comment, the votes and the well-wishes. Here’s the status today. After days of sub-freezing, overcast, snowy days, and starting off freezing and overcast, this afternoon is in the upper 40s F (45F being comparable to 7.2C. I always have to look it up) - and the sun is brightly shining, with almost no wind, so it’s comparatively balmy. Tomorrow will be in the upper 50s F, then Monday plunges to the 30s F and freezing overnight again, followed by another gradual warm-up. What can I say, . . . except - this is TEXAS. We’re known for our erratic weather. They have a saying here: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a moment. It will change!” haha. Of course, in the summer, it’s not as erratic, except for HOT and HOTTER. haha.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another beautiful gem from you my dear friend. I also enjoy quotes and thank you for sharing. Voted up ,across and shared. here's wishing you a great weekend and hope the weather isn't being too unkind to you. Lots of love from Wales.


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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Mylinda! I’m pleased that you stopped by and found it worthwhile! I like those quotes, too!

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Great article. I especially like the quotes.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, thank you, Dr. B.J. I agree that Dad was a highly intelligent man, on many levels. He was very much a man of the turn of the 20th century, though, and had reservations about women's abilities over the long haul. But he supported mother in many ways, though I'm not sure how much that applied to her "one great ambition" (according to her 1912 class annual) " - to prove that woman is man's equal!" I believe it's due to the age-old chasm between ways and methods, plus pressing roles and responsibilities - of the genders. It persists in all times and places, really.

      The lovely thing about creativity, however, may be that the 'spark', when it exists, dissolves the walls and brings people together as more equal and similar than is always admitted!


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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Your dad was a very smart man, Nellieanna, and it's obvious that the apple did not fall far from the paternal tree. For me, you summed up creativity in one word, spark. That it often is. Happy Holidays!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Deb, that’s it in a nutshell! Thank you for the perfect summary!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      You point out some facts about the process, Wayne.

      For sure, the mental work can be exhausting, or even if not that, at least it can be all-consuming, so much that being interrupted during that process can derail it.

      I’ve also done my share of both kinds of work (at my level, surely not at yours!). The body tends to break down no matter what, with age, but for many, so does the mind, so who's to say about either's demise? I agree that the vigorous use of it does keep it working and expanding.

      As I ‘feel’ the process and progress of my own mind’s activity, I’m aware that hard-earned solutions to many road-blocks to it earlier on are now smoothly working parts of its regular thinking processes on which I rely. Perhaps it’s that it’s taken me time to trust and gain confidence in my own solutions and mind-workings, which I've realized work best for me, whereas I'm not especially good at borrowing others'.

      In any case, it feels good and it’s nice that it’s a part of me thus far not prevented either by brain-exercise or aging itself. Yours is obviously working well for you, too!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Genius is he compilation of many things, and working them to death to achieve a good result.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      This has surely been the method to my madness over the years. Mental work can at times be more exhausting than physical work, and believe me, I've done my share of physical work. My body is breaking down because of the latter, but hopefully, my mind has expanded because of the former.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Good morning, Rasma! Thank you! It’s good to be brought back over here by your lovely comment, and even to read the quotes again myself, to be reminded often of the 99% part which must be done.

      Thank you for those very nice votes, too! Hugs. It’s a good time to be alive! :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Love the quotes and all of your great work here. Hugs and love on the holidays.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Michael - how you’ve touched upon something I feel strongly about: the abundant, virtually inexhaustible sources and supplies of the universe. Whatever else it may be or not be, we can see that it has furnished everything so far, all the building blocks and tools for everything that “IS” as far as we can begin to comprehend!

      So how or why would it suddenly withhold the means, tools and materials, if we seek to do something worthwhile and need its help? I think it would be eager to help!

      You’ve hit upon a key word, though - “A willing” supplicant, one who demonstrates willingness by doing its share of the WORK to achieve the finished prize, and to participate in the magnificent work of our universe! Just begging for handouts is not worthy of that assistance and backing. We may be tossed a crumb in the form of an inspiration, to get us started, but we must supply the willingness and work to keep it on track!

      I do love your poem on Doing the work, too. As you say, ‘Aiming right’ is a key factor. One can’t expect the universal backing for wrong causes! Good thoughts!!

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hi. Nellieanna, congratulations ! Great " work " exhibited in this hub article. All quotes, poems and your dad's saying- inspirational. How true, " Doing the work excites." Within a healthy human being inexhaustible urge for success gives us energy to create desiring to see final product of our own hands as the greatest reward to a living soul. To a willing , no hindrance will prevail reaching endless source of imagination stored somewhere in the universe , my guess , never be exhausted .

      Doing the work

      Aiming right

      Ushered in sweat

      Abbeding healthy appetite.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Vincent - don’t we all know so well what it means? We grab a fleeting idea, - one so fragile and ethereal that it will totally escape unless we stop anything else we’re doing and capture it on a slip of paper before it’s vanished back into the ether; — and then to spit out words, carve the back, build a thought and, perhaps, a little suspense, then subtly we begin to let it out in poetic or prosaic form, letting it unwind into a form of substance, — accomplishing it all through hours (or minutes that seem like hours) - to shape and perfect that fleeting idea into an actual presentation that can be shared with highly intelligent people and even with youngsters with little experience or guile, so that they all who choose to read it, can see the idea, too, can share in it, ferret out their own application of it in their own minds and hearts and somehow make it their own from then on,—much as we did when we encountered Shakespear’s & Hamlet’s Soliloguy and Poe’s The Raven!!

      Every time it happens, it feels like a whole new adventure, even a kind of rebirth of self and progeny! There’s nothing else like it in the world, surely!!

      And yes, - there are times when simply sitting down to the ‘work table’ and beginning to write will click the inspiration bin and let out what may have been struggling from the inside to get out! As you say, too, even if the process may not always yield masterpieces, it keeps the gears oiled and the passages clear of debris that would be obstacles to the sudden enlightened inspiration needing to get out! Sort of reminds one of doing the things necessary to keep out the plaque buildup in one’s vital arteries so the heart can do its job and replenish the brain and the other parts of the body with life-giving oxygen and nutrients - - and ridding it of toxic wastes! It’s quite a clever design, the human being!! Well worth taking care of!

      Thank you, my much-admired fellow-passenger on this fascinating journey, for your very deeply felt comments. I know well that you experience these ‘labor pains’ in your own writing quite often. But, then - - look what they produce! Your poetic talents, once loosened, seem boundless!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Hard work most often will ignite into achievement of goals set if not, at least bring you closer to them. You've chose some choice quotes from men who knew the meaning of hard work indeed. Your video of Al Hirt, I remember him well, I think I had an LP or two of his when he was popular.

      " Numbed inspiration, it seems,

      Soul shut off from source

      Must pause and be reborn."

      Something I've struggled with often through my writings. Nicely put together my dear poet, you are an amazing creator of fine works. Hugs

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Kimmie - sweet thang - thank you! If you savor my words, they have to be good! Your mind is beautiful!

      Isn’t it lovely not to be below freezing - at least for a week or so?

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Kathy, my precious D-I-L - so happy you came by! Thank you for the compliments. I’m so keenly aware that you truly THINK about these things, which pleases me so. Love you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna - didn’t he? You and he would have hit it off. Thank you so much. You’re great!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Genna, my cohort! Thank you! Yes, it is all relationship, even at the molecular level. Same ‘stuff’ in sand is in blood and guts. Same stuff in gold is in air and mud. The differences are in the arrangement and relationships of the basic elements (ie: -‘stuff’, all of which being assembled from the same basic energy or light or something even more basic, no doubt, but all arranged in special relationships to confuse and delight us! Talk about creativity and inspiration! heh heh)

      If it’s all to instruct us, the creatures, that we must earn our laurels, so be it! OK! Any laurels gotten by other means are hollow and meaningless, I suspect.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Karen, love - yep. One puts in the BS&T to get from there to here -and on to there beyond here. The friction provides the polishing! hahaha! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Alexandra - thank you, elegant lady. Yes. Isn’t it like the ballet, in which the dancers seem to float without gravity pulling at them, but only after years and years of painful exercise, practice, even injuries to perfect that illusion?

      Of course, they don’t want the blood, sweat and tears to be obvious, though! That would undo the work!

      So one does the ‘background’ work and privately sweats the blood at times, so the finished product will float and bring grace and pleasure to all who behold the results, and will help make their own sweat and tears less tiresome.

      haha - I love the “Beauty and Beast” metaphor for the ragged noise stage - and your subtle avoidance of assigning which is which. hehe. I love it!

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      kimmie 4 years ago

      Ohhhhhh what a beautiful mind you have dear Nellieanna. There is not a line you have written that I could not help but savor. Thank you. Sending much love.


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      Kathy Weber 4 years ago

      Another beautiful and well thought out hub page! You are incredible.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Nellieanna, you dad said it all. "If tears don't work, try sweat". Brilliant!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      On Einstein…“He knew that nothing is totally original and it’s in combining unrelated things in unique ways which results in ‘original thought’.” Absolutely; in a way, it is the realization that everything exists in relationship. “What is this ragged noise?” expresses this so well. “But from the silence … Comes forth a surge of vigor.” This is pure inspiration, and a reminder that the creative thought, without the work, remains only that. Beautiful, Nellieanna.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Blood, Sweat & Tears, baby - it's the only way to go - and the only way to GROW..

      and clearly - YOU know it Nellieanna! You are the epitome of Polished Poise.

      Be well and stay warm!

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      And after all that work, we have an 'overnight' success LOL. You describe the process so well, especially the 'sweat and tears' part. I'm also very familiar with the ragged noise, although I've always thought of this phase as my (non-Disney) Beauty and the Beast stage - never assigning roles, of course. This is a wonderful way to start my day! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh yes, RTalloni, satisfying is the word for it! Yes! One is reminded every time one sets out to create something where there was nothing before, which is the joy of it!

      Thank you for that and for coming by! It's a pleasure to meet you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Theresa, how lovely to see you, my friend! I've been missing you! Thank you for the visit and validation!

      Oh, yes. I’m often mindful of the tendency to assume it’s a simple process of people who seem to have missed the vital concepts of innovative thinking, ‘putting in the work’ and ‘paying the dues’ for the results of mastery and achievement.

      I happen to love it all, being receptive to inspiration and ideas, then digging out information and figuring out how to do things the hard way, which can be an arduous process when going on. The result may be that one becomes able to do some things so achieved seemingly effortlessly. When someone asks how to do those things, I’m tempted to say, “First you plant a seed.“

      Both original ideas and the effort to bring them to life are non-transferable packages. Even If one could try to just install it, where would one start?

      Perhaps the underlying concepts of the process of personal thinking and putting in the work can be triggered, though. It did seems worthwhile to write a hub about those overall concepts and this is the result. Hardly a simple package. Probably only those who already understand it and know how will get it, but I couldn’t resist.

      I hope your Christmas will be super-pleasant! Thank you!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Such a neat read, and a good reminder of how work is satisfying.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Nellieanna - This is one of my very favorite Hubs. It seems that so many people in our contemporary society, especially the young, although there are certainly exceptions, really do not understand "hard work" or "persistence" or "dedication" -- I would even use the rather Biblical and birthing-relater word "travail."

      As you so aptly put it (and with such wonderful supporting quotes) the accomplishments of the brilliant, the fabulous, the artistic, the genius are seldom quick and easy like others might assume they are. There is always extensive labor and patience and repeated failures to survive to get to that blinding and brilliant moment of achievement. Wonderful hub. Sharing. Christmas Blessings. Theresa

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Vellur, thank you, my friend! That’s high praise, indeed! I admit there are lessons to be learned - or reviewed from time to time. I appreciate your vote!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting and thought provoking hub with great lessons to be learned. Awesome poem and quote. Voted up.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian! You can’t imagine how delighted I am to see you!! I’ve wondered what you’re doing. I’ve been so swept along with all sorts of offline things (and a few online ones), I’ve hardly had time to keep up as I should, but I look at your name among those I follow and see you haven’t published in awhile and feel severely deprived!

      What a lovely response to this hub of mine! It’s a subject dear to my heart for this hub which has been underway but incomplete for a bit of a while, with many elements lining up for it but not quite 'ready', so I finally just told myself last night, “OK - this is it! Finish putting it together and proceed.” I clicked "publish" with a bit of trepidation, but also with a sense of purpose. So it’s sort of an example of its own theme.

      One holdup was that I didn’t have poetry chosen or written for it, which I intended to include. But then I thought of one from 1972 which had the jist, so I virtually rewrote it and decided one was enough to serve as my little contribution among the giants whom I was quoting! I was thinking then that a hub on ‘knowing when it’s enough’ might be another good theme! ;-)

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, accolades and for giving me a real boost. The ice storm for the past week we’re now coming out of has had me subdued a bit! Today was the first time I’ve had the car out of the driveway, and I’ve only stepped outside a time or two - very cautiously. We're to be ice-free for most of the coming week, they say!

      Big hugs and love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Anna! Yes, I’d agree that my Dad was a wise man. He was born in 1890 and lived a very productive life, when ended in 1976. Still miss him. I was born when he was in his 40s and enjoyed his wisdom growing up. He was a natural teacher.

      Glad you feel I touched upon the actual creative process, as I’d hoped to do without a lot of technical fanfare, but rather the feelings and sense of it. Thank you for the lovely compliment to my style and presentation! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Lee! I'm pleased to see you now~. Thank you so much for your comments, especially that my hub spoke to you! I guess it's a common-ground experience for all of us who attempt creativity; though it goes-with all efforts. My mother was the artist who applied both inspiration and perspiration to her life-long painting and other creative pursuits. Dad was a practical man who reached beyond the obvious to accomplish goals.

      (How is your Argonaut? Do you still live on it?)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dimitris. Thank you, dear heart!

      Glad you liked Al Hirt, a long-time favorite. He was a real N’walins native Louisianan, though his musical reach was wide, both in style and in locations. But he and clarinetist Pete Fountain were my favorite proponents of the New Orleans sound. I’ve seen & heard them both performing in New Orleans at their own jazz clubs in the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, when it was more itself than it may be now. Memorable.

      Patience for me comes as part of the process, though I’m not sure I’d be regarded as patient, overall. I just get caught up in the process and can’t help myself. I don’t even notice time passing.

      You seem to have that kind of dedication, too; but you know you better than I! ;-) hehe

      Hugs & xoxoxos

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nellieanna, you induced a USEFUL, an AWESOME, an INTERESTING and a BEAUTIFUL out of me.

      This Hub (for want of a better word) is one of, or possibly, the most prefect that I have read.

      When will you cease to surprise us?

      Please note, I stopped being surprised long ago. I just continue to marvel.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Marie - We share that. I seldom sweat, though when I do, it’s my head that does it most! Very hard on a hair style, especially with my kind of curly hair which responds to humidity! Yes, it does surely relate to metabolism, diet and disposition. I’m sure that sweating is a healthy thing, though, both to expel toxins and to cool the body. But it plays havoc on the hair! haha!

      Of course, the message of putting forth real effort to get on with accomplished a goal or project is meant to be communicated by the saying, as contrasted with getting bogged down in moaning and groaning about difficulties and obstacles and doing nothing to improve them. Overall, it's a matter of being willing to follow-through inspiration with action.

      Interestingly, I really had difficulty finding illustrations of someone sweating in any effort except fitness exercise, though! haha. A modern trend, perhaps. “Work” seems mostly to equate with “workout” as in a gym or other exercise arena. I’m quite sure Dad had in mind sweating from actual old-fashioned physical-mental work!

      Thank you for the lovely compliment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Billy, thank you! Yes - those indeed are the secrets of success. I’m so glad you stopped by! I think of you as a prime example of both inspiration and perspiration to bring it to its fullest. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Jodah. Thanks for being the first to comment on my hub. Yes, those thinkers nailed it. It’s something so dear to my heart and soul, too. Sometimes creativity seems effortless but even then, bringing it to fruition and making it presentable requires earnest attention to detail and rather tireless 'work’ to make it viable. It's pleasant work though!

      My Dad’s words were so like him. I can easily visualize him saying them. He never hesitated to put his nose to the grindstone to do what had to be done, and Mother was his co-pilot in so much of it. It still amazes me how much they built ‘from scratch’ by ‘pure-dee’ determination and work.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Your dad sounds like he was a wise man. Very interesting Nellieanna. Your poem was very true to the real creative process and you do write so beautifully and eloquently. You make it flow and sound pleasing to the ear. Anna :)

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      Lee Barton 4 years ago from New Mexico

      Love the quotes, especially your dad's. Your poem really spoke to me. Just a wonderful hub!

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      De Greek 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you for introducing me to Al Hirt. I am a convert!

      And thank you for establishing in my mind that I shall never be considered a genius. I am too impatient ;-) THAT is MY excuse anyway.

      Now go ahead and PUBLISH Angel Face... ;-)

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      Marie Flint 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I love that last quote, Nellieanna. I don't sweat much, though. My metabolism is such that it takes a long, long time before those little beads of perspiration begin to form on my forehead. Between the diet and disposition, that's just the way it is.

      Your hubs are always a delight. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great message my friend. Hard work, a little creativity, willingness and a refusal to give up....the core secrets of success.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nellieanna, These quotes from some of the greatest thinkers are wonderful, as is your poem "What is this ragged noise". Love your dad's saying too, simple and clear, "if tears don't work...try sweat".


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