Saturday, 21 April 2012

Philosophy Friday - Further thoughts on Creativity

"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 !!  (-:

No comments:

Post a Comment