All true artist, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no mind, from inner stillness.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
Even when the sky is heavily overcast, the sun hasn't disappeared. It's still there on the other side of the clouds.
Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against tit. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.
The secret to life is to 'die before you die' - and realise there is no death.
When the compulsive striving away from the Now ceases, the joy of Being flows into everything you do. The moment your attention turns to the Now, you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace. You no longer depend on the future for fulfillment and satisfaction - you don't look to it for salvation because you are not attached to results.