Last fall, I subscribed to the Washington Post’s Bold School email newsletter, aimed toward an audience ‘beyond 50’. Thank you to the Post’s Vicky Fogg for this valuable weekly delivery.
Here is an excerpt from today’s newsletter:
“Familiar music can comfort us, while listening or playing unfamiliar music challenges us by forcing our brains to work to make sense of the new sound.”
As I write this, I’m listening to a Peter, Paul, and Mary song [Ballad of Spring Hill] I’d never before heard, thanks to a Spotify playlist shared by Vicky. And now, Mama Tried by Merle Haggard and the Strangers…and now, the instrumental On Interstate 15 by Wall of Voodoo. [Had never heard of this group before. I like the sound.]
Keep thinking ‘try new’.
No matter how seemingly insignificant, ‘new’ injects a bit of interest into your day, your way of thinking, your creative process.
A recent example:
Here are a few suggestions from Melyssa Griffin on how she enhances her creative side. You’ve probably tried most or all of these, but they serve as worthy reminders.
From a creative standpoint, how will life be different a year from now?
In her YouTube video, Creative Reinvention: The Power to Choose, Elaine Shelly says, “‘Choosing’ is saying yes to that nagging voice, it’s saying yes to your dreams and goals.”
Will this coming year require your ‘saying yes’?
In my search for inspiration, I came across this valuable quote and learned of the book. Nice payoff, I’d say.
As for ‘choosing to create’, I appreciated this Medium.com post by Thomas Oppong.
— “Great discoveries often evolve as slow hunches, maturing and connecting to other ideas over time. Never miss an opportunity to show up and share.”
— “We are more like Einstein, Leonardo, and Mozart than not!”
I’ve listened to and read this book since 2015 when I took on a technology learning plan for a school district. Clearly, I didn’t take the advice below as wholeheartedly as I should have.
But this book’s many insights and real-life examples should provide the requisite *kick in the seat of the pants* [the title of another favorite book by Roger von Oech] for those of us in that ‘desire to act vs. moving forward’ fog.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
by David Kelley and Tom Kelley
“Many of us get stuck between wanting to act and taking action. The uncertainty of the uncharted path ahead can be daunting. Sometimes it feels as if circumstances are conspiring against us, and we find ourselves riveted in place. In corporate cultures, that hesitation can translate into what professors Bob Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer call the “knowing-doing gap”
Kick in the Seat of the Pants by Roger von Oech