Monday, January 1, 2018

Faith...


Seventh and final light of Kwanzaa...

Happy New Year, one and all!

What a wonderful way to usher in the new year - with thoughts about FAITH for the new year ahead, on this seventh and final night of Kwanzaa.

Faith

How do we define Faith?

Faith is defined in this way, according to the principles of Kwanzaa:

"To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle."

Now, lets look at the dictionary definition of Faith:

faith
fāTH/
noun
  1. 1.
    complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

    "this restores one's faith in politicians"

    synonyms:trust, belief, confidence, conviction
..."complete trust or confidence in someone or SOMETHING...belief, conviction..."

For many of you who have followed my blog in the past, or have recently been following me on Instagram, I'm sure it will come as no surprise to learn that I believe wholeheartedly in CREATIVITY.

As the quote I share on my 'About Me' page states:

“Art education is important not because it turns out artists or art products, but...
because it seems to turn out better people.” - Abraham Maslow


One of my personal downfalls is giving people the benefit of the doubt, in regards to their personality. I like to believe that people don't have agendas in getting to know you, or in extending the hand of friendship, sadly though this is not always the case...it might take time before the agenda shows itself, but for those who look out for themselves, it doesn't take too long.


One thing I HAVE learned is that CREATIVE PEOPLE don't really have an agenda. Many creatives DO believe in #communityovercompetition, they believe in supporting fellow creatives, and one thing I love about Creativity is that it has no political affiliation...that I know of!


Creativity is open and welcoming and only requires some participation to be part of the gang.

Most of the truly kind, giving, open people I have encountered exercise a form of Creativity in their lives on a regular basis, thus proving out the idea as posed by Abraham Maslow in his quote, above; though he talks primarily about Art Education, it is certainly the launching point to Creativity.

I've learned that people who do not honor their Creative Impulse end up terribly unhappy, and that unhappiness leaches out in terrible ways...I've suffered at the hands of repressed creatives and it is  NOT fun.

The words of Brene Brown resonate strongly on this concept:

“Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief*, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame...There’s no such thing as creative people, and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”

..."suffocated by resentment and fear"..."grief, rage, judgement"...oh yes, I have suffered at the hands of those feelings from others, the ones who don't use their Creativity. They hate it when YOU are being Creative, and they are not, but they just don't see how THEY HAVE MADE THE CHOICE...and this applies to so many other areas of Life, I see it all the time and I'm sick of it.

So all I can say is that I will try to have FAITH in 2018 that together we Creatives will find a way to share just how fun (and EASY!) Creativity is, and that we will make it seem SO FUN that others won't be able to stop themselves in joining in the Creative Play!

And maybe THEN we will be able to build a better world made up of Better People, so we can put an end to all the struggle that continues in the world.

Anyone care to join me??

How does Faith show up in your world? How would you like Faith to show up in your life in 2018?? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog to read my musings on the Principles of Kwanzaa for 2017, and my thoughts on this first day of 2018! I hope you'll return for more Creative Inspiration, here at my blog, or at my Instagram or Facebook pages!

2018 - Here we come!


* - A LOT of grief comes from unprocessed LOSS, and Loss comes in many forms, including being cut off from our Creative Impulse. As a Trained Specialist, I can not recommend the process of the Grief Recovery Method for processing all the unresolved grief in our lives; I do believe it can be used to help process the feelings that happen when we cut ourselves off from our human nature to be CREATIVE, or to resolve feelings around someone who said unkind things about our creative efforts in our childhood or youth. Feel free to ask me any questions about this process.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Creativity...


Sixth light for Kwanzaa...

Hello and welcome to my blog as I muse upon the principles of Kwanzaa, a values-based holiday that I really appreciate, a holiday that resonates for me as I strive to live a Values Based Life...

On this sixth night of Kwanzaa, the last night of 2017, the principle we are reflecting upon is... CREATIVITY!

Obviously, its my favorite!! ;)

Creativity

What is the definition of Creativity?

Looking at the principles of Kwanzaa, this is how Creativity is defined:

"To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it."

Now lets look at the dictionary definition of CREATIVITY:

cre·a·tiv·i·ty
ˌkrēāˈtivədē/
noun
noun: creativity
  1. the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
    synonyms:inventiveness, imagination, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality;
    artistry, inspiration, vision;
    enterprise, initiative, resourcefulness
    "her agency is a hotbed of youthful creativity"
I believe that with some Creativity, we can leave our communities and our world more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it...

Just look at how artists through millennia have left BEAUTIFUL works of art, created beautiful tools to be used in daily living, through utilizing their CREATIVE IMPULSE.

Creativity is NOT just for artists, though, it is for EVERYBODY.

It is a way of looking at the world.

It is a way of solving problems.

It is a way to live Life, fully and with Joy.

I love to share my creativity adventures with others because I know how easy and fun it can be to engage in CREATIVE PLAY, and I know how important it is for our wellbeing to engage in Creative Play, as often as we can.

So much of Life can be difficult or dull, that we truly DO need a daily dose of Creative Play in our lives to keep our minds alive and awake. It doesn't need to be more than 15 minutes a day, but if you want to take more time with Creative Play, then I support YOU!

I pledge to continue sharing my creative adventures here on my blog again, as well as share them on Instagram, as I've been doing for the past two years. I hope you'll be inspired to take creative ACTION, and maybe join me in my workshops when I launch them.

How does Creativity show up in your life? How would you LIKE Creativity to show up in your life?? What kind of Creativity gets you excited?? I'd love to hear more!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and read my post today! There is just one more day of Kwanzaa left, but I will wish you a Happy New Years Eve, and I look forward to more blog posts in 2018 - I hope you'll join me!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Purpose...


Fifth light for Kwanzaa...

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts, and welcome to my blog as I muse upon the Principles of Kwanzaa this week as the holiday unfolds over the 7 days between Christmas and New Years Day.

I've always enjoyed blogging about this holiday and the ways I try to incorporate it into my own life. Today is Day Five of the 7-day celebration. You can find my previous posts musing about the Principles of Kwanzaa HERE.

Today the principle of Kwanzaa being celebrating or reflected on is PURPOSE...

Purpose

Just what is meant by the world PURPOSE?

According to the principles of Kwanzaa, this is the definition:

"To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness"

And let's look at the dictionary definition for a minute:

pur·pose
ˈpərpəs/
noun
noun: purpose; plural noun: purposes
  1. 1.
    the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
    "the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee"
  • a person's sense of resolve or determination.
"there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off"

The 'purpose' I will touch on today is the second definition, how we can have, or create, a sense of resolve or determination in our lives...

Sometimes our life purpose can be right under our nose but we don't recognize it as such, because we are so immersed in other things, usually those things are the daily tasks of day-to-day living.

However, we are often living our purpose in small daily ways, sometimes they are so small, that we can take them for granted and not realize that we have been living our purpose all along.

A few years ago, I wrote about an eye-opening video posing a series of questions that can help you determine your "purpose", or what I call the '3 Core Values' in your life. I can not stress enough how truly helpful this line of questioning has been for me, in helping me to see my true Core Values in my life, so I now direct my time, energy and money (when I have it!) toward my Core Values and it has made my life SO MUCH BETTER.

I feel so strongly about this series of questions, that I conducted a small video series for a private Facebook group about it, and I recently shared these questions with a dear friend during our visit for Christmas Day.

Maybe I should create an online course about this, and include a fun book-making project??

My friend had some difficulty with some of her answers in the beginning because lately her life has been all about work and her masters degree in therapy, and when your life is all about work/school or obligations that YOU DO NOT SET in your life, it's hard to see anything else that matters to YOU. But I am glad to report that she uncovered her 3 Core Values, values in her life that have been there since childhood, very much like me!

And in uncovering my 3 Core Values, in time, I uncovered my Purpose in life, which is this:

I help adults RECONNECT to their Creative Impulse

With just 2 days in left in 2017, and the possibilities of 2018 stretching ahead of us, I think its a great time to watch the video, and write out the answers in a journal, so you can uncover YOUR 3 Core Values, and then figure out how to direct your energy toward those values so you can bring more Joy into your life in 2018.

And then I'd love to hear what you've uncovered as your 3 Core Values or your Purpose in your life, so come back here and leave a comment to share what your 3 Core Values are - I'd love to know and to cheer you on in 2018!

What is YOUR Purpose in 2018? What are YOUR 3 Core Values in your life that you will dedicate your time, energy and money to in 2018??

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read her at my blog! There are just 2 more days of Kwanzaa left, and just one more day of the old year - stay tuned for more creative goodness to come!