Creativity for the Rest of Us

Clearing the Clutter

I’m in the midst of a practice Angeles Arrien introduced me to many years ago with the goal to create more spaciousness in my life.  This is about my fifth time through it and every time it has produced delightful and surprising results. Everyday for nine days in a row you give away, throw out, donate or think of another use for twenty-seven things in your home.  27 things a day for 9 days.  Numerologists in the...

Play Time

I’m a sucker for flash mobs. The (seemingly) spontaneous eruption of creativity, imagination, community and generosity get me every time.  When I watch one of these I often weep with joy.  Granted, some of them are staged marketing events but that doesn’t matter.  I love the way it makes me feel.     What I love is watching people of all ages, colors, aptitude and backgrounds perform some whimsical...

Celebrating Creativity

In teaching the Creativity in Business program, we often start by asking people to rate themselves on how creative they think they are.  It’s always fascinating and informative to witness. It is the rare bird that claims the high end of the spectrum without equivocation. For many people, the metric they use for assessing their creativity is comparison. If we don’t know the people we’re comparing ourselves to, we...

It’s All The Mystery

This week on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed first responders to the World Trade Center bombings.  A comment I heard has stayed with me.  After humbly relaying what by all accounts was the heroic story of his experience in the South Tower on the morning of September 11, Capt. Jay Jonas was asked to comment on why it was that he didn’t like it when people said to him that God was with him on that day. “By saying...
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