When you experience a beautiful moment, be that a sunrise, a personal connection with someone, or something else, the experience is totally subjective. The principle of Beauty – it is in the eye of the beholder after all – is a fleeting momentary thing and like all other moments of your life, cannot be held on to. And perhaps that is why we are driven to create, to try and capture, solidify the fleeting, ephemeral glance of beauty. To share our experience and pass these treasures on.
Here is a fleeting moment of beauty I would like to share with you today.
Five Part Series on ‘Beauty In Art’ – Part 1
Last week Shelia Finkelsteingot me to thinking about beauty and our perception of it, in art, generally and generationally. The idea of generational beauty was thought provoking. We are all of course, products of our environment and cultural upbringing. What we find beauty in differs at various times in our lives as well as between generations. My mother found no beauty at all in Hendrix belting out Voodoo Child – why she didn’t – well that was a complete mystery to me. Different standards of beauty I guess.
One thing beauty requires of us is our attention – fully and completely if we are to really engage with it. The more we immerse ourselves, the more present we get regardless of our age, life stage, generation – beauty is open to us if we just take the time to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.
Smell The Flowers
Beauty is subjective – when was the last time you really appreciated the true beauty of something?
Education is an area which still doesn’t acknowledge that creativity is an important life skill. Not only that, it is arguably one of the most important skills we can develop in the 21st century.
It was refreshing to read this article on the Presentation Zen blog in which Sir Ken Robinsonspeaks about this very thing. What is interesting is his thoughts about how our schools until now, have trained us to meet the needs of industrialization. This is a sentiment echoed in Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? which is well worth a read. I’m only half way through it at the moment and will talk more about that in another post.
I would estimate that maybe 90% of the worlds population not only are unaware of their own untapped creative potential, but that many of them also actively deny they have any.
Why is that do you think?
For many many years creative people have been regarded with a range of judgments such as; odd, wacky, not got their feet on the ground, far out hippies, eccentric, not to be trusted, non conformist types that just don’t even try to fit in.
It is amazing when you think about it because while they rail at creatives in one breath , in the next they are admiring the Sistine chapel or Gaudi’s wonderfully eccentric buildings.
Gaudi Building - Barcelona
I suspect that the driving thing behind most people’s denial of their own creativity is a deep fear of things like – being different, standing out from the crowd, or being remarkable. Even more terrifying, might be uncovering something within themselves which would call to them, thus upsetting the status quo of their carefully orchestrated, safe lives…..
Well we are out the starting gate and off to a running start – I can’t quite believe I find myself here – but it is all flowing nicely so I’m on for the ride.
To find out more about the competition please check it out HERE. I’m really passionate about this project as I see it as an opportunity to combine two of my greatest loves, being creative and helping others to find their creativity, and personal development. OK so that’s three!
So as a favor I am going to ask you to go to Illuminating The Creative Way and check it out . The first part of the competition requires us to get as many people as possible to vote for us. If you feel like i,t leave a comment here on the blog to let me know what you think Id really appreciate your feed back …..
We are creatures of habit. We form our own rituals and enact them daily, weekly and tell ourselves this is who we are. The only problem with that is if we change that ritual, what does that mean about who I am now?
As we grow older, I think this is one of the main problems we face because many people are so immersed in their own stories that to change is to deny who they think they are. They’ve become a set of learnt beliefs.
So what you might ask, has this got to do with creativity? Well everything actually. Why? Because to grow I need to challenge my own boundaries, which I can‘t do if I refuse to step beyond what I already know… What if we as children refused to put on bigger clothes simply because:
we thought the present ones were better,
we thought they were the only ones that existed, or
we would never find anything we liked as much………….
Substitute any excuse you can think of for not stepping out. What boundary are you refusing to step over today?
Stepping Into The Unknown
That seems too big? – let’s look at a gentle approach then…..
Many people think that creativity is limited to visual artists, musicians, actors and other art forms. We often don’t consider that every man made thing we see in the world, from the obscure to the sublime, began as a creative thought in someones head. Take these shoes I found the other day at Trend Hunter, aside from destroying your feet, well yes………
Weird and Wonderfully Creative Shoes
I mean come on girls – now is there really a woman out there who is that much of a slave to fashion that she would actually wear these things. Hmmm …… probably!! LOL!
Regardless – I think you would have to say that they are undeniably creative!…………..
They lead me to wonder where the creative spark came from. A visit to the zoo perhaps or was it the ballet?