Retirees: Pep talk 4–7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative

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of the Unmistakable Creative

Creatives: I am once again deferring to the wisdom of Srini Rao, whose latest post 7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative delivers the message better than I can.

Those commandments are:

  1. Reality is malleable.

  2. Your Resources are Limited, But Your Imagination and Creativity Are Not.

  3. Your Temporary Circumstances Don’t Have to Become Your Permanent Reality [I say, we don’t have time to allow for ‘permanent realities’.]

  4. The Status Quo is Meant to be Challenged. 

  5. Adversity Leads to Growth. [We also don’t have time to shy away from adversity. I really need to heed this commandment.]

  6. Only Is Better Than Best [A key theme of his first book **, Unmistakable]

  7. What You Create for An Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach an Audience of Millions. 

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** A. Not affiliate links.

Creative Retirees: Find your allies.

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…no matter the species.

Seek those who support this next stage and your willingness to try your hand at creative pursuits, no matter how surprising they might be.

And those allies just might be strangers who share your interests.  Senior Planet has both a Facebook presence and a website.

Also, take a look at Creativity in Retirement: A Myth or a Possibility?.

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Retirees: Pep talk, Part III

 

Nurture your most important audience: You.

Today’s ‘guest speaker’ is Srinivas Rao, author of An Audience of One.

Quote: “We tend to undervalue creating only for ourselves and overvalue creating for a huge audience. But your audience of one will be there every day when you wake up…By not sharing everything I make, I have freedom to play, to experiment, and to fail.”

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Retirees: Pep talk, Part II

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Let’s get to it, retirees. [I’m sorry, that just sounds so forced to me. ‘Employees’, I can live with that. But words like ‘tutees’…’assignees’…naah. The obsession continues.]

Nudge #2:

“Most of us spend most of our lives wondering what if. We imagine. We dream. We hope. And a week turns into a month turns into a year. The stage stays empty. The mic stays quiet. The chair won’t spin around because no one is singing. In moments like this, the goal doesn’t disappear. We think that perhaps the sands of time will cover it up and we will forget all about it, but we don’t. A goal unfulfilled may grow dim, but it never goes dark.”

― from “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” by Jon Acuff **

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** A. Not an affiliate link.       B. You’re going to love this. Thinking it would lead me to the Amazon listing, I clicked on the ‘Buy Now with 1-Click for $4.99’ link. I already owned it after all. Nope. I was logged into a second Amazon account and I’m now the proud owner of a second copy of the book. Sometimes, I’m such a dweeb.

Retirement Pondering Point: From ‘have to’ to ‘get to’…

burden equals opportunity

Fellow retirees, I wanted to share this excerpt from James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits.

My favorite points from:
How to Be Thankful For Your Life by Changing Just One Word

  • “You transition from seeing these behaviors as burdens and turn them into opportunities.”
  • “We can find evidence for whatever mind-set we choose.”
  • “So often, the things we view as work are actually the reward.”

A daily habit? Daily Clicks.

 

Over the last year, I would say I’ve followed through on this daily habit about 330 out of 365 opportunities.**

CLICK TO GIVE

Even if it’s the only thing I accomplish within that 24 hours, these ten clicks [I follow the ‘Greater Good’ menu at the top of the page.] have helped someone and given me a gentle wake-up call to the needs of others, including animals.

**For me, 90% constitutes a habit.  

Retirement Pondering Point #4

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Where can I find inspiration in my daily retired life?

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Here is a little help:

I just ran across this Seven Ways to Cultivate Inspiration item in my inbox.

My favorites, at this point:

#2: Journal

Given enough time to ruminate on paper or a screen, it never fails that some intriguing, interesting, or inciteful [and often, insightful] notion pops up.

#5: Surround yourself with the right people

In-person is better, but those ‘right people’ might well be online connections.

#6: Spend time in nature.

The change in environment usually pays off.
A sense of gratitude often sinks in.
And if you’re mindful enough, you may well see something you haven’t seen before.