I am very excited to have Patti Clark as this week's guest blogger. Patti is a fellow author, whose inspiring new book This Way Up is also published by She Writes Press. Patti is an accomplished speaker and workshop leader dedicated to helping people through various life transitions. Her work has been featured in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Mindful Word. She lives in New Zealand but travels around the globe facilitating workshops. Bali is planned for 2017! Patti is also about to launch a new series of interactive workshops online. Her website is: https://patticlark.org. Welcome Patti!
CREATIVITY ISN'T ALWAYS EASY by Patti Clark
“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”– Sir Ken Robinson
Some people claim that they have to create – that painting or writing or making music is as essential to them as breathing. That is not the case for me. I usually feel like I have to force myself to take the time to be creative. I set time aside to journal or write or just doodle because I know that that is the time when I can really connect with the source, with the truest part of me.
Other people are the opposite; instead of feeling like they have to create, they feel like they absolutely cannot create. Those people feel that creativity is only found in the chosen few.
Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen. –Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy
In a wonderful article on Greater Good Website, Ten Things Creative People Know, Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy explain that Creative expression opens the door to the inner world of our imaginations. It is here that we make meaning of our lives. It is here that motivation takes root. The more creative we are, the more capacity we have to imagine what’s possible and make those visions real.
But it’s important for me to explain, that for me anyway, it isn’t always easy. It takes effort and determination and tenacity. I force myself to journal every morning before I get up because I know that that is the time that I sometimes get glimpses of what is possible and ideas about how to make them real. I sometimes get flashes of insight that lead to amazing things. And sometimes I even get lost in doodling or drawing and just love what emerges. It’s glorious to get lost in that flow. Not that it’s anything I’d ever sell as ‘fine art’ – it’s just amazingly cool to get lost in, and to connect with that deep sense of self in the process.
In their article, Taylor and Murphy explore ten ideas about creativity and creative people:
1. Our lives have meaning.
2. We are all creative.
3. Creative expression empowers us.
4. We are good at heart.
5. Life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved.
6. Change is an inside job.
7. Diversity is a resource.
8. We thrive when we feel supported.
9. We each have the power to make change.
10. The challenges of our time require intergenerational collaboration.
We all have this potential and this gift. It’s just that it isn’t always easy and often requires effort and determination to focus on our creativity – even if it’s only for 5 minutes before we get out of bed.
I’d like to close with a video clip with the wonderful Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way. The clip is aptly called – ‘The Power of Perseverance’
Both Patti and I would love to hear about how you feel about your creativity. And as always, thanks for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.