One of the best lessons I learned from Joe is to honor your creativity.
During the time I was going through cancer treatment and spending way too much time sick on the couch, I would watch in amazement how Joe would come home, eat dinner, and spend the rest of the evening either painting, drawing, writing, playing the guitar or composing music. He was religous about it.
I asked him, how you can you be so disciplined about doing something creative everyday? His response? "I don't do it because I have to, I do it because it's my way of unwinding at the end of day. I do it because I have a drive to express myself. It's not that I'm forcing creativity, I'm simply letting it flow."
Then I realized he would get irritated when I turned on the T.V. and vegged out for the rest of the evening. So through his urging, I turned off the T.V. and participated. Soon, we were writing song lyrics together, dreaming up story plots for novels. Singing harmony to his guitar.
He helped teach me that when you have an idea, write it down, work on it. Don't wait, because before you know it, the inspiration will pass, and you missed out on a magical moment to express yourself. Seize the moment, let it flow.
Tonight he showed me all his latest drawings, and played some of his new songs. He is a perennial creative soul. Thank you Joe, for teaching me not to put my creativity on the shelf as though I was saving it for a rainy day.