Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's About Time


Well, not really - this post is about Creativity. I've been thinking about it and talking about it and it's about time I sat down and started it. Started what? My series on creativity. I am fascinated by creative people and the creative process. I'm convinced all of us have an inner artist and so many of the myths surrounding creativity -are just that- myths. I came across this article a while ago and loved the research. Here is a little of what Epstein had to say:

The very good news is that, with the right skills, you can boost your own creative output by a factor of 10 or more. Significant creativity is within everyone's reach--no exceptions. What's more, greater creativity breeds greater happiness. The creative process is itself a source of joy for most people. And with new creative powers we're also better able to solve the little problems that beset us daily. 
~"Capturing creativity" By Robert Epstein, published on July 01, 1996

Did you catch that? 'Creativity is within every one's reach - no exceptions' In the words of my four-year-old, that totally rocks! And who couldn't use another source of joy in their life or extra help solving problems? I'm so excited about it that I decided I wanted to do a series. Mark your calendar (I usually post on Tuesdays), become a follower and stop by for upcoming blog posts. I'll be exploring each of the suggestions Epstein has to boost creativity, sharing interviews of some of the really cool, creative people I know. And I might even have a contest before I'm done.

And just for fun - let's get creative. Leave a comment with at least one sentence about the two pictures in this post.




7 comments:

Peggy Urry said...

My take on creativity: God is the creator of all, including us. He created us in his image and likeness so that confirms to me what Epstein says about creativity bringing joy. I think it brings joy because it is inherent in our nature to create. I love creating. So now for the creative part... Um, I having some difficulty here. Guess I'll have to check back on ways to boost my creativity. Here's what I've got: On the shelves in time for Christmas are time pieces of all shapes and sizes. I think the pink and white running shoe replica for her steals the show.

Michael Knudsen said...

Nice post and blog. I agree, both creativity and talent are things we may be born with varying degrees of, but to sit back and say "I'm not creative" or "I'm not talented" is a cop-out. We are usually comparing ourselves to someone else when we think these things, and comparison is pride. We are as creative and talented as we are willing to work for.

http://michaelknudsenauthor.com

Wendy Swore said...

My first thought when I saw the shoes was:

Egads! Two matching shoes together at the same time.

That's some kind of miracle at my house.

Gail said...

My first thought was I need to go excersize. I think I'm feeling a little guilty.

Taffy said...

"What's more, greater creativity breeds greater happiness."

I LOVE that part of the quote. I've found if I don't do something creative during the day I'm grouchy.

Thanks for the post!

Valerie Ipson said...

The timepeice is stunning and the running shoes would actually be stunned if I used them for their intended purpose!

Kim Coates said...

I love that quote. I love the idea that I can reach a higher level of creativity. I've been feeling rather plain of late!

Those shoes made me feel slightly guilty. I pressed snooze this morning, then didn't get up the second time either. So I missed my morning exercise. Tomorrow those shoes will get worn!

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Inspiration for the Blog & Life