Being somewhat self-reflective lately, I came to a realization that the end result—while the whole point of it all—isn't the only thing valuable about creating. There's beauty in the process. This isn't a new idea. Far from it, but the key is to find it in what you do. I wish I could claim some self-actualized part of me sees it in my own processes, but maybe not seeing it helps me along in the creative process.
I took these photos at a boat bulding shop during a trip to St. Michael's, Maryland, and recently sold a print of the boat photo to someone who built his own boat. And that's when it hit me: new respect for this photo. Not the light, not the composition, not the fact that I shot it with the Leica M6 (one of my all-time favorite cameras). It's none of those things. It's the subject: the process of making something beautiful. And that process is beautiful in its own right.
So take a good look at what you do. The part of the process where you feel like you're just going through the motions, and try to find the beauty in it. And I'll do the same.