Revisiting “The Crossroads of Should and Must” by Elle Luna

The Crossroads of Should and Must is a beautiful and inspirational book by Elle Luna and it is worth your time. We’ve adored it since 2015, because it’s such a super easy read and so delightful it’s worth reading twice.

In Crossroads, Luna writes that there are four obstacles standing in the way of doing what she calls your “Must” (i.e. your most important work):

  1. Money
  2. Time
  3. Space
  4. Vulnerability

It is here, standing at the crossroads of Should and Must, that we feel the enormous reality of our fears, and this is the moment when many of us decide against following our intuition, turning away from that place where nothing is guaranteed, nothing is known, and everything is possible.

With regards to #3 in particular, she writes:

You need a physical space — private, safe, and just for you. When you are in this space, you are not available. I repeat, you are not available. This is your sacred space to be by and with yourself. We all need safe containers. How might you create a safe space that you can spend time in daily? How might you get creative with where it begins and ends? Find this place and make it your own.

We couldn’t agree more!

It goes without saying that our collective lives have all been massively disrupted these past several months. And we are hungry to do meaningful, focused work each day. But… ugh. Am I right?

The unsung hero of showing up every day and doing your best creative work is your workspace. Somehow you need to manage to carve out a spot where you can think and work without judgment, inhibition, or distraction. It doesn’t have to be at a desk or computer either; it can be something as simple as having the kitchen counter to yourself early each morning to do some writing, or sectioning off a part of your living room with painter’s tape and dedicating that space to doing creative work only.

Anyway, this is a spectacular book that we recommend buying the physical hardcover edition of, because it’s written and illustrated in full color, making it simply beautiful to read.

Just in case though, here are all the available formats (including digital) so you can choose for yourself: