Creativity Information

Creative Drought


For the past several hours, I've struggled with this week's message, the words, "what will I write?" screaming in my ears. I've felt like the princess who promises her first born child to the little man named "Rumplestiltskin" if only he will spin straw into gold. Unfortunately, I'm not a princess and Rumplestiltskin is no where to be found.

Finally, it dawned on me that the most helpful thing I might share this week is how vital it is to embrace the empty spaces that crop up in life rather than running from them. Creativity is a process that ebbs and flows. And if my past experience is any indicator, often times a period of stillness or seeming emptiness precedes a period of awesome creativity (I hope!).

So if you find yourself in a waiting period, a period of low or no creativity, a period when the ideas aren't coming, the creative juices seem to have dried up, I invite you to join me in celebrating the wait rather than cursing it. Do what you can in the interim, whether that's clean up files, return calls, balance your checkbook, walk the dogs or any of a thousand other necessary daily activities. Don't do them as a way of escaping the creative drought; rather do them mindfully, knowing that dry spells happen and in the meantime, life goes on.

It's also a time to ask what part of yourself may have become disconnected in the busyness of your life. Are you neglecting some aspect of your self care? Perhaps you were journaling and have stopped. Maybe you're involved in activities and organizations that no longer reflect your values, or you need to reconnect with friends or renew some spiritual practice. What part of your life have you disowned or misdirected? Take a look to see what you find.

I hope these thoughts are helpful to you. Thanks for allowing me to share a part of my creative journey that doesn't often get airtime. And remember these oft-quoted words, "this too shall pass."

Until next time,
Betty

***********************
Quote of the Week
***********************

"It's terribly amusing how many different climates of feeling one can go through in a day." ~~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Betty Mahalik has been coaching small business owners, independent professionals and leaders who want to achieve more but stress less, since 1996. Her background includes several years in the broadcasting and public relations fields prior to starting her own firm in 1987. She is an accomplished public speaker and corporate trainer specializing in communications, goal-setting and leveraging your strengths. Since 2001, she has written a weekly motivational message, free to subscribers, titled Monday Morning Coach. To subscribe or learn more about Betty's coaching and training services, visit http://www.dynamic-coaching.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


INSIDER

Researchers have long been fascinated by the potential link between creativity and mental health — here's why it ...
INSIDER
Psychologists have long been fascinated by the tentative link between mental health and creativity. It's no secret that some of the most famous artists of all time were plagued with delusions and hallucinations, and to this day we see news stories of ...



Santa Clarita Gazette (satire) (press release) (blog)

Creativity Advocacy – Creativity and Transcendence
Santa Clarita Gazette (satire) (press release) (blog)
Here is a great quote for anyone who follows the history of Creativity: “Romantics believed that … all creation participates in eternal truth and all things are part of the whole and of each other … and since all creation has a common origin, a ...



NBCSports.com

Jonathan Toews looks to add more creativity to his game
NBCSports.com
Blackhawks team captain Jonathan Toews is using NHL summer league to improve on his skill and creativity. NHL · News. Up next: Blackhawks · Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews looks to add more creativity to his game. 0:48. Jonathan Toews looks to add more ...



POLITICO.eu

How Europe smothers creativity
POLITICO.eu
The European creative industry faces great challenges. U.S. tech platforms such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google are expanding rapidly and are increasingly turning into competitors in what is still one of the Continent's most important ...



Daily Globe

Cattlemen at heart:Creativity gives next generation of farmers a boost
Daily Globe
WILLMAR, Minn. — When he looks at the herd of 100 Angus cows and their frisky spring calves grazing in a pasture of belly-high grass, Cullen Fischer still can't believe his lifelong dream of raising cattle is coming true. “It's kind of a pinch-me ...

and more »


MLive.com

Art classes at Blandford Nature Center cultivate appreciation for outdoors, creativity
MLive.com
Art classes at Blandford Nature Center cultivate appreciation for outdoors, creativity. Updated July 20, 2018 at 10:12 AM ; Posted July 20, 2018 at 10:04 AM. Artists observe nature carefully to capture it in their paintings. Photo credit Morgan Denison ...



New York Times

Forget a Fast Car. Creativity Is the New Midlife Crisis Cure.
New York Times
“People see creativity as the solution to the midlife crisis,” said Julia Cameron, the high priestess of the creative movement whose book “The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Creativity” has sold more than four million copies since it was published ...



City Pulse

Keys to Creativity Event Gallery: 'For the Love of Your Hollow Body' reading July 20
City Pulse
Though the pen is mightier than the sword, it often doesn't come with a warning label. This published work from a Lansing writer does: “Warning: contains graphic depictions of sexual activity, drug use and rock 'n' roll. May cause consumerist guilty ...



10TV

"Patternz" camp uses creativity to teach kids to work together
10TV
COLUMBUS - The Lincoln Theatre enriches lives in the Columbus community through the arts. This summer, the theatre is hosting its first-ever "Patternz" summer camp for kids ages 6-13. The five-week camp features a different theme each week, centered ...



Fast Company

Lessons in fearless creativity from composer Max Richter
Fast Company
And if they try and change, we get upset, which is crazy because the whole point about [creativity] is it's unpredictable. It's free. It goes beyond categories. I just really try to stay focused on what the material is wanting to do. My basic ...


Google News

home | site map | Ocean Art
© 2006