On the way home form Canberra the other week we stopped in for a lunch break at the very creative town of Berri.  One of my favourite things was this picture I took outside one of  the shops.

Cow With Proteas

Cow With Proteas

 

This is a outside a hardware shop.  I just loved all the buckets of proteas with the cow.

Then we went to a small craft gallery around the corner which was filled with beautiful things….. glass ware

Beautiful Glassware Vases

Beautiful Glassware Vases

 

And some unusually shaped slumped glassware also caught my eye.  This one would make a great centre piece for a table.

Slumped Glass Centre Piece

Slumped Glass Centre Piece

Also I loved these different silk scarves – such a gorgeous range of colours.

Silks  - beautiful autumn, summer colours

Silks - beautiful autumn, summer colours

And plates that look good enough to eat themselves!

 

Hand crafted plates

Hand crafted plates

This weeks Question:  Where have you  been lately that inspired you? And if you haven’t been anywhere, where might you go?

 

 

I must apologize for this weeks late posting.  This is the first time in two years of posting that I haven’t  made my posting deadline  :(  …  One of those life interrupt phases – Oh my gosh I’m not perfect after all !!  Anyway, here  are this week’s words of wisdom ……

The fourth Sunday of every month  the Avoca Beach Side markets are held.  These markets are known throughout the Central Coast, for their quality hand made goods, interesting stalls, and variety of quality items for sale.  There is everything from Retro….

 

Record Player

to strawberries…

 Strawberries

 

 

And other inventive food.  Here we have the last of our yummy cup cakes.

Yummy Cup Cakes

 

One  of the mist creative things I saw this month was on Tanya’s stall.  She is involved with a project helping women in Uganda to support themselves through the creation of  beaded jewellery using paper from used magazines? This project is called The Little Blue Shed.

Recycled magazine jewellery

They make a great variety of items every thing from beads and key rings to necklaces and bags.

Beaded bags

This weeks question: What things do you recycle or reuse in your home?  What other things might you reuse?

 

It’s that age old problem……… how to keep one’s children entertained during the school holidays. On the Central Coast there are a wide range of out door activities that you can do with the kids both indoors and out doors, free or paid for.  Here are some ideas……

  • For something a bit different, why not take them on a guided tour of the Norah Head light house?  The link tells you all about it.
Norah Head Light House

Norah Head Light House

  • Of course there are the standard attractions like the Reptile Park or the Ice Skating rink at Erina.
  • However something you might not have thought of are the Art Classes they have for kids at the Gosford Regional Gallery.  There is a range of creative activities for children of different ages and sizes.
  • Here is a great craft resource for kids on line – at Enchanted Learning you will find things for all ages and subjects.  This link takes you to their page of simple puppets to make.
  • For other ideas my April Newsletter had a special section  devoted to ideas for kids.

I went to see a new movie at our local art house theatre this week by director Pria Viswalingam.

Top marks must go to Norman and Beth from Avoca Beach Picture Theatre for putting on this event.  They got creative around the event and organized not just a screening of the movie but also had an intermission during which you could post questions for discussion when we reconvened for a panel discussion of the movie.  The panel included Pria, a local politician, a psychotherapist and corporate trainer and the young pastor of one of the more progressive christian churches on The Coast.

Decadence the movie

This led to a lively discussion  and some interesting insights from Pria into his motivations and journey in making the movie.

Now movies are always a reflection of a collaborative effort of several individuals.  Even though this is such a potent and far reaching medium, so often it trivializes or brings out the worst in human nature.  Here however we have a brave attempt to bring to our notice, an overview of the world and times we live in. We are the first civilization in history that has been given an overview of our rise and decline. Is it possible to reinvent ourselves before it is too late?

The heart of the movie addresses how our western civilization has been claimed by merchant values, and that we now have the merchants running society, something never before really achieved in previous civilizations, where it was more an alliance between church and state. Pria also posits that the peak of our civilization was in the 1960’s, where we saw the biggest social revolution ever, a global realignment of consciousness arising out of a fundamental desire for peace and love. The movie looks at this issue and examines how the current merchant dominated society arose out of this event.

The audience reaction in the ensuing discussion was by and large very positive I thought.  People saw this as a unique opportunity to do something and the idea of the individual’s ability to create change was discussed for several minutes as all the audience members were offered the opportunity to comment if they wanted to. Pria summed it up beautifully at the end by saying,

“It is the conversation that on one is talking about – start it! It begins with all of us”

This really is a must see movie – very thought provoking.

This week’s question: We all create our own reality – what do you want yours to be? What do you want for the future of our planet?

One of the biggest barriers that many of us have to unlocking our own creativity, has to do with our perception of who we are or what we have or don’t have in the world. I’m too young, I’m too old, I haven’t enough money, experience, the right space, time  …… add whatever fits for you.  Of course these are all excuses.  Far better to think of oneself as an awakening creative spirit  and how you express yourself on that journey!

There’s a lot to be said for engaging with children and following their lead.  After going out for breakfast yesterday we spent the morning at the beach with grand daughter Gracie, getting creative with sand. Rediscovering the fun in building castles, moats and breakwaters we defied the incoming tide and all delighted in saving our walls gain and again.

Building Candcastles

As you can see age was no barrier here and more importantly we all spent a “delight-ful” morning together.  Everyone was totally engaged in the ‘present’, experiencing many joyful moments.  The amazing thing about creativity is that it can always take us there if we allow it to!

Today’s Question: What creative activity are you going to engage in this week that will allow you to enter ‘the present’ with a joyful and child like presence?

Why is Creativity relevant today?

Creativity Image

The world we live in today is very different from the world we lived in even ten to fifteen years ago. In fact never mind 10 – 15 years here are some really interesting statistics on rapid change in our environment –

  • It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0*10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the total amount of information generated in the previous 5,000 years.

The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years. This means that for students starting a 4 year technical degree half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.

  • The implications of this are phenomenal. What arises is a situation where we now have a gap between reality and where peoples perception or mindset sits.

Simply put we are struggling to keep up. And is it any wonder when we look at the “Law of Accelerating Returns.’ which doesn’t operate in a linear fashion. It is exponential. This means that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate) because we’re doubling the rate of progress every decade and we’ll see a century of progress–at today’s rate–in only 25 calendar years. “
Added to this is the fact that even though we can put facts and figures down about how rapidly things are changing – there is another factor involved and that is the human ability to adapt to changes with the environment. This is not as simple to gauge and measure because it depends on ones individual and social development.

So herein lies the answer as to why creativity is relevant to us today more than any other time in history.

In order to close the gap between reality and our perception of and response to it we need to understand how to use our creativity. Creativity drives our ability to adapt or make meaningful or useful changes in our lives and working environments. To keep up we need to be constantly innovating and checking back to the environment we are working within to make sure that what we are offering is relevant.

Today’s Question: What changes have occurred in your environment in the last year and how did you cope with them? Did you use your creativity to cope with them and if not how might you have done so?

Pix Credit: Debate magazine

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