365 days of creativity
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“One of Edison’s most famous quotes is, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” If you adopt this same attitude, you’ll overcome your feelings of failure and be able to see your dreams and desires come to fruition.”
How are you all feeling? These are sure crazy up-and-down times. To keep ‘sane’ I pick up a paintbrush or a pencil and enter into the quiet contemplative world of art. As I share in many of my books, creativity in all its guises is so healing. Whether this is learning a new skill, picking up a new hobby, or increasing the talent we already have - creativity is healing on so many levels.
“They beat the creativity out of us. It was forbidden to draw anything resembling a human figure… it was supposedly sinful. After I left that school I had kind of forgotten about my creative interests.” Visiting a friend in Berkeley, California would rekindle a latent enthusiasm for art and, specifically, photography. Read more, including how trauma can lead to joy and purpose...
I’m keeping busy during confinement at home under ‘lockdown’!!! I just finished writing and narrating Lulu is a Black Sheep, and Happy at Work for Mid-Lifers, and I’m a third through narrating Sex With Strangers. It’s taking me a lot longer to knuckle down than usual (daily stories of how many people are suffering and concerns about my own family worry me.) But keeping busy is a great way to distract ourselves mentally.
Lovely feedback to reflect on as we celebrate Waitangi Day here in New Zealand. There is more that unites us than divides. "“I never met a beautiful soul who finally understood me. In Maoridom, I will relate to you as a Kaitiaki, meaning ‘guardian’. How I became to have you in my path was purely by spiritual contact a nudge an inner tiny voice directing me to you. Cass, you don’t realize the great healing you have in the pit of your soul and you were born to spread compassion. ~ V Rahiri
Remember—we always have to fight for our dreams….but it’s a fight worth winning. Elton John was told to be a bank worker by his father. Lady Gaga was bullied and treated like trash. Oprah Winfrey was told she'd never make it unless she changed her name. Be inspired by your muses, dive deep into a good book, listen to a podcast or create a passion and purpose journal to keep your dreams alive. How can you fight for your dreams?
"Remember: the Greeks believed our genius was not part of us but was a divine visitation. Our jobs, as artists and writers, was to become the best possible vessel for that genius. Part of that is to be forever learning, improving, expanding, and experimenting." Jessa Crispin, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life