Sunday, January 29, 2012

Creativity may be the key!

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a myriad of thoughts running through your head?  So many things to do, so little time.  Work things, family things, schedules, timetables, rosters, appointments, things to follow up on, places to go, things to buy and things to do.  These things can be so overwhelming at times that it can be difficult to focus on just one task and complete it.  My son suggested that I write a list which was amazingly cathartic as it allowed me to get everything onto paper and permitted me to clear my head and focus on one thing at a time.  Surprisingly, "making a list" is the first of "29 ways to stay creative" described in a blog post which I read recently.  See link below. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-baioVvIU_xM/TflL2GMDQsI/AAAAAAAAEHI/v0EistaoBJ0/s1600/29%2BWays%2Bto%2BStay%2BCreatvie.jpg

Another dot point which resonated with me was "Allow yourself to make mistakes".  How often do we allow ourselves to be imobilized by the fear of making a mistake.  Mistakes are often a very quick way to learn.  In my own case many a creative idea has come from fixing a mistake and sometimes the result has been better than the original plan.  Yet another couple of dot points which made an impression on me, "Stop trying to be someone else's perfect" and "Surround yourself with creative people".  Dot point 21 "Break the Rules".  I am by no means condoning breaking the rules which guide and protect our society.  However I believe that the author is refering to the rules of artistic conformity such as "blue and gree should never be seen".  I often put blue and green together.  It is a great colour combination.  I purchased a home decorating book recently titled "Undecorate - the no-rules approach to interior design" by Christiane Lemieux.  I think what drew me to this book was that, rather than staying with one particular decorating style, the author suggests putting what you like together, forming an eclectic collection of things that you love.  I was very inspired by this list of 29 things and have printed it off and put it in my office.  I hope that you are inspired by this list.  If you would like a more visually creative version of this list see the youtube link below.

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