“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” – Raymond Hull
When I first saw this question I spent a few moments thinking of who I actually compare myself to. It was very difficult because I don’t really compare myself to anyone. Not because I don’t want to grow and aspire to the positive traits of others, but rather I like who I am quite a bit and can’t see me being anyone else. Read more...(689 words, 6 images, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
Children, when left to their own devices are able to imagine deeply, fully and amazingly. Their power to look at the world and create a mental image that only exists in their mind is amazing. Unfortunately, as we grow up, we develop too much sense and forget how to imagine anything outside of our daily reality. It is little wonder that so many people are unhappy and feel desperate about life and their existence in it. Today I am asking you to look at what you imagine on a daily basis. Do you see what your life might be? Do you see places that you would like to go? Treasures you want to amass? Love you want to experience? Imagination is a powerful tool in helping all people create great things. Be conscious of your imagination or lack thereof today. In your thoughts, words, and actions today have an awareness of what is real and what you imagine. Read more...(964 words, 5 images, estimated 3:51 mins reading time)
To be a human being is to seek ways to create. It is a part of the natural order of our life. Bringing things into existence that previously didn’t exist is an awesome power and allows an individual to enjoy life to the fullest and to enjoy the experience of life more. When you create the energy produced is positive and contagious. All people have a force in themselves that yearns to create. It could be to create paintings, writing, thought, woodwork, plays, songs, or any other of a billion different things. When you have a question about your direction in life look to create and it will guide you. Raise your consciousness today about how you create, in thoughts, words, and actions. Read more...(625 words, 4 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
Creativity to me used to be a word that I thought only others could do. I never felt that I was much of an artist or a craftsman at anything at all. My art was ridiculous, by writing was atrocious and anything else I tried to make was a mockery to anything called perfection. It was with this attitude that I started this journey of creation. Shortening the space between myself and the world. Read more...(668 words, 5 images, estimated 2:40 mins reading time)
I am grateful for the fact that I am able to be creative. The writing process is the place where I find my most personal outlet of ideas, but it is not the only one I have tried. It may be the only one I care to share but creativity in any medium can free up your mind and allow you to become more productive, expressive and even happy. Read more...(642 words, 4 images, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)
Each new experience with someone that we have change us on a fundamental level. Sometimes I have difficulty being creative or thinking about what things to write about. I remember fondly of the days when I could simply see a question, and quickly and easily organize my thoughts, and express my feelings about it. But sometimes I follow the same format and I struggle to form a sentence. Fortunately, there is no stagnant stage in the process of creativity. Read more...(595 words, 5 images, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)
I was scared to death! Petrified! White knuckle, grab a hold of something, close your eyes and scream scared of what other people would think of my writing. So much so, I really hesitated to ever show it to anyone. I had one friend who I would “let” read what I thought. They were very safe and supportive. Read more...(479 words, 29 images, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Growing up we are all inundated with messages to fit in. There was nothing worse than to be different from the rest of the crowd. Life was a struggle to continually “be normal” and not to deviate from what society told us we could and should hope to be.
This did not resonate with me, and I was always convinced that there was something wrong with me because of it. I would sit in class in high school and do my best to follow the expectations but inside feeling this was not right. Then as an adult moving through college and starting a career, there was always something missing.Read more...(580 words, 4 images, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
Being creative is one of the gifts of being human. We all have the ability to look at the same situation and come up with different ways of solving the puzzle and finding a solution. In fact, this can be one of the most valuable tools we have when it comes to making money, excelling in a career or simply just being great as ourselves. Sometimes it can be difficult to muster a creative answer but there are some things that you can do to make your thought process more creative and perhaps find an answer that you are looking for. Read more...(979 words, 16 images, estimated 3:55 mins reading time)
As our society has evolved to produce more and more entertainment for people to enjoy, the moments available for actual individual, creative thought have become few and far between.
I know that personally, there were times where I was entertained during every moment of my free time. It was common to turn the television on immediately when I got home to add noise to a quiet house, to having music playing all night long to, “help me sleep”, it was a non-stop bombardment of my senses that was actually distracting me from engaging in any original thought at all. Read more...(810 words, 5 images, estimated 3:14 mins reading time)
It was a few short weeks ago that MY COHORT and I embarked on the Jefferson Writing Project. We didn’t know where the winds would blow our thoughts but we knew that each day they would be published on our blogs.
My friend’s name is Hope and we talked at the beginning of February and she wanted to do more writing but had some writing blocks and motivational issues. I suggested a mutual writing project. She agreed and we made up some simple rules. I am not a big rules guy because who needs limits on our creativity. Read more...(630 words, 5 images, estimated 2:31 mins reading time)
Have you ever seen the focus of your life change in thirty days? This is the experience that I have had over the last month as I have looked to improve my writing skill and myself, as a person as well.
This is an evaluation of my project to answer one question each day for thirty days, and to work on putting more of myself into my writing for the purpose of being more honest and open about the things I write about.
The beginning of this projectRead more...(1219 words, 8 images, estimated 4:53 mins reading time)