I have come to the conclusion that Life and Art are so closely intertwined as to be inseparable.

Intertwined ropes

Intertwined Ropes

The more I teach art and participate in the development of my own creativity, the deeper my understanding of this becomes.

Although many people don’t realize it, participating in any form of creativity whatsoever – is ALWAYS an act of self development.  Perhaps this is why we find so many people refusing to acknowledge their creative potential and denying themselves through that oft repeated phrase;

“But I have no talent!” I refuse to accept this and challenge everyone to examine that statement by asking the question – “Is that true?”

We all have talents of some kind which are often dismissed.  The ability to draw a smile to someones lips or make people laugh are talents.

What is your greatest talent?

Pix Credit: The Morgue File

“Our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to.” – Marcus Aurelius

This is an interesting way of looking at our life’s value and our own self worth.

Marcus was a remarkably wise man. “Marcus Aurelius’ work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.” – Wikipedia.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Surprisingly the thoughts and principles expounded in his work are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in C170. If our worth is judged by the amount of energy we devote to something it follows that this is also a measure of what is important to us.  Or more precisely the back story of why we do that activity is what is important. I would suggest that this is in all likelihood something we don’t spend a great deal of conscious though on.

For example, are you doing work that sits some where on the scale between, hate and indifference? If so why do you stay there? What is your back story about that?

Of course there are many, many reasons we use to justify this state of affairs, staying in a bad situation way beyond time we might have moved on, and I am no stranger to that particular story.

In light of this, when was the last time you took half a day out on your own to look insight-fully at your life and what you are doing with it? The important thing to recognize is, how precious each and every moment is, and to then ask yourself the following questions –

#   How could I make this moment better?

#   Thus far – how has my life been measured?

#   What have I devoted my energy to?

#    How is my creativity showing up?

I was walking down the beach this morning when I came across a little fellow who looked very similar to this.  He got me thinking about what life would be like if I  could only walk sideways everywhere I went.  How would that change the way I operate in the world and what would the advantages and disadvantages be….

Crab walking in The Sand

Well talk about synchronicity….. as I was driving home listening to one of Rich Schefren’s Q & A sessions what should he be discussing but the concept of our unique and individual work flow patterns. One point that particularly resonated with me and made me think of my crab, was this –

We all have a work flow that we use, either consciously, or unconsciously. The question is does it serve us?

Are we limiting ourselves to walking sideways?

As creative people, we would be wise to look at this not only in terms of how that is relevant to the business practices we use but also in terms of our creative process itself. Rich had a good point, in that so often we are looking for a tailor made solution to fit our specific scenario.  We live in an off the shelf society  and have come to expect that there is a ready made solution if we can just find it.

However as we are unique, and what we do and how we work is also unique, only some of what works for someone else, may work for me.  It is my job to figure out what does and doesn’t work of other people’s processes and take the best for myself.

We would profit from spending more time thinking before we begin doing, in order to begin doing more efficiently once we get going.  Part of the problem here is being time poor, so we think time spent planning is an area we can save time but ultimately this is flawed thinking and practice as the opposite is true.

So my question for today is – How does your work-flow strategy serve you and/or hinder you  and what changes can you make so your creative experience is a more enjoyable one? I would love to hear your thoughts -the comments box is at the top of the post if you feel moved to contribute.

Pix Credit: earl53

I love this quote from Julie Jordan Scott,

“Creativity is an activity that invites abundance and flow into the world…It ripples out into energy that touches others with whom I will never interact. ” ,

I came across this quote at eteletours blog this week, along with this beautiful picture  by one of my favourite photographers , Sheila Finkelstein.  She always has wise and wonderful things to say along with her stunning photographs  like this one.

Purple Mist , photograph by Sheila Finkelstein

I urge you to take a look at Sheila’s article on accidental creativity which is where I found this lovely photo.  Her blog is also worth a look as she always has a new photo  there and something interesting to say about it.

Accidental creativity is an interesting concept.  Sometimes in our creative work we will make a mistake which enhances the work.  I call these ‘happy accidents’.  However I sometimes wonder, given the Law of Synchronicity, how accidental these accidents really are.  Perhaps they are moments when we are truly open and  connected to the ‘universal creative mind’ and we become an open channel for genius to show through.  It’s a thought…. What do you think?

I want to share with you today this wonderful video on the importance of creativity. Sir Ken Robinson is a highly intelligent  and very funny speaker .  You will find this video not only informative but also very entertaining. There is certainly much food for thought here. Sir Ken is an author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies.

Today I want to share with you some other wonderful blogs – the first is

Susannah Conway’s- Notes on Unravelling the heart. She is a photographer and writer and a ‘work in progress’.  Susannah has a recent post with some great twitter links on it. One of my favourite links is,

awesome people hanging out together .  There are some priceless fotos here.

Next up is Mary Swenson’s scrabook.  you will find some interesting food and flower photos.  I like her visual style, the old typewriter font she uses brings a nostalgic feel to her blog. Following a link from here to Style Mania where she had done a guest blogspot, I came across this great image.

cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

Cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

And on a completely different tack, here is  BittBox. They have just launched a new font site and are offering a fantastic deal on fronts for the next 12 days – so go and check them out! If that’s your thing. This is a great resource blog and they often have free stuff  like the free concrete textures they offerd on Texture Tuesday in May.

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