"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition." - Alan Alda
I've been contemplating further the subject of creativity. In reading various people's opinions and thoughts on the subject, I came across a lecture given by the British actor and comedian, John Cleese of Monty Phython fame, who one could absolutely define as a " creative". Mr. Cleese offered up " Five factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative" and his thoughts definitely resonated with me.
1. SPACE - "You can't become playful and therefore creative, if you are under your usual pressures."
2. TIME - " It's not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a
specific period of time."
3. TIME - " Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something
original, and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision."
4. CONFIDENCE - " Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear
of making a mistake."
5. HUMOUR - " The main evolutionary significance of humour is that it gets us from
the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else."
I wonder as to how often we look at a day when we play and dream as a day to be considered as " unproductive". Is it societal pressures and expectations, family commitments or self flagellation that gives us these " guilty" feelings, even though we know this time for us personally brings a sense of well being and produces many thoughts and ideas for our work? How do we reconcile our feelings on this? I do believe that personal meditation and more play time is required to come to terms with
that one !! (-: