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The purpose of this newsletter is to present ideas for creative artists to live their lives more elegantly, and for all of us to tap into our inherent creativity to enhance our lives.
Topics that will be addressed in future issues include:
I hope you enjoy and benefit from the articles to come!
Since the focus of this newsletter is creativity, I thought I'd begin by defining what creativity is. Many people have the misconception that creativity is something that only artists, writers and performers are blessed with. Not so. Everyone is creative. It's one of the gifts we're given that helps us thrive as human beings.
While creativity is not just about being in the arts, we can get a sense of what it is by looking at the artistic process. When someone is creating, what qualities do we see in action? Focus, imagination, inspiration, being in the moment are some of them. Creators learn skills and technique, but they go beyond it. These are qualities of the artist, but you can bring them to any endeavor, be it business or pleasure.
Creativity can mean bringing fun to a job that would otherwise be drudgery. It can mean doing something that's already fun in a new and different way that makes it even more pleasurable.
Several years ago, I worked for a boss who managed a group of us who were young, aspiring actors and filmmakers. She constantly deferred to us as the creative ones, and yet she was one of the most creative managers I've ever worked for. She brought tremendous flexibility and imagination to everything she did.
Look at what creativity means to you. Be creative in your quest!
When confronting a choice, ask yourself, "What would a winner do in this situation?" Follow that guidance.
"Part of the secret of creativity is learning to look at things in different ways. Children are very good at this, as their minds have not yet hardened into set patterns."
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