It’s half past eight in the morning, the house has just been temporarily vacated of kids singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas at high volume (no, it’s not December, I don’t know why)…
…accompanied by barked orders to open windows, tidy floors and dress singing kids, the computer’s on, the hot drink’s ready, the birds are busy in the garden and a certain calm descends; I’m ready, finally to start… again.
I sometimes feel like I’m forever starting again. Which is why this particular Sabism can do wonders for your motivation to get going like a, well, a rough-hewn club up your backside!Create more…
Today’s Sabism is being written on the 29th of February, which means I’ll have to wait for four years to be able to do such a thing again.
Luckily, we can take brave and bold actions every day, not just once in a blue moon. But do we?
That’s what this post is about. Leaps. Leaps of time, leaps of faith and leaps of possibility. Are you going to make this your creative leap year?
OK, so January’s over, and what about those NYRs, eh? You know, that list you dragged out from last year and updated a bit by changing the date with all the things you’re not going to get done this year either..?
Resolutions, you gotta love ’em, no? As it happens I’m only about 15 days behind on my resolution to write one of these things every day for a year, but I reckon I’m not doing too badly. As for the rest, well, I can always change the date again next year…
Normal is one of the sneakiest, most subtly limiting words I can think of.
What is ‘normal’ anyway? Is it really just ‘the most common occurrence’ of any given phenomenon, such as hot weather in Australia or rain in the UK? Or is it laced with value judgments and used to keep those who make us feel uncomfortable in their place? ‘I think she’s abnormal!’ (the girl who writes strange poetry and does that funny movement and wears her hair like that)
I’d argue from under a pedant’s paper hat that it’s both, but in terms of being creative and daring to be abnormal, it’s one of the imaginative soul’s greatest enemies.
We all get old, that isn’t telling you anything you didn’t already know.
What we don’t all do is stay nimble in our noggins. ‘Noggin’ is a probably British informal word for ‘head’, in case any of my international readers were wondering.
The good news is, if we keep stimulating our brains with new situations, challenges and surprises, they will keep on reinventing themselves throughout our lives! A veritable fountain of youth running right there inside our skulls, as long as we keep the desire to learn and grow flowing.Create more…
Creativity is a word which has infiltrated my soul and come to practically govern the way I lead my life.
Although people don’t openly deride me for this obsession, I occasionally get hints that I’m considered a bit of an impostor.
Where’s the best-selling book on ‘creativity’ then? they ask. When is your next international ‘innovative thinking’ conference appearance? they wonder. What do you actually, you know, create, in fact? they splutter.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the cult of ‘genius’. I would refer to Einstein, for example, as an exceptionally insightful person when it came to physics and astronomy. Leonardo da Vinci was unquestionably very talented in many areas such as art, sculpture, invention, design, anatomy and mathematics to name a few.
For me, The Beatles, Black Sabbath and The Smiths were musical ‘geniuses’, but I use the term to mean they produced original music I love; the same would go for Kandinsky, Klee and Miro in the world of art and so on. But there are just as many people who don’t like or are not touched by what they did.
For me genius is often subjective and typically limited in scope to just one domain. Lionel Messi may well be a ‘genius’ when it comes to putting an inflated piece of leather into a specific place with his foot under pressure, but I’m fairly sure my mother would wipe the floor with him when it came to middle eastern politics or the collected works of Tom Stoppard, if you see what I mean (Hello Mum 😀)…