“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” ~ Erich Fromm
Every time I am willing to let go of ‘present’ judgments and “see things differently” is a creative act--having the courage to experience life anew, without the constrictions and formalities of past associations.
“The emotional findings, then, suggest that to gain the most benefit from writing about life’s traumas, acknowledge the negative but celebrate the positive.”
I am finding expressive writing to be so helpful in dealing with processing stored emotions, as it allows one to dive into unresolved memories and feelings and let it all hang out there, on the lines, right in front of you. In essence, I become the witness to myself. What better way to uncover the stories I created than with pen and paper?
“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Ah yes, that pesky file. A position that I have adopted in my life when feeling inspired to do something but caught up in the ‘what if’ folder is leaving the worries to ‘Future Dave’--he may be screwed, but fortunately I have yet to meet him.
“Vulnerability would take me where I wanted or maybe needed to go.”
I love this statement, as it reveals a process of resistance and surrender—two key elements to growth and change. Being vulnerable embraces that resistance by questioning 'what is', taking on an adventurous attitude of 'not knowing'. Discovery demands uncertainty as a necessary component of widening the lens of what's possible.
“We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national educational systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make-- and the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.” ~ Ken Robinson
So true. Underlying the acknowledgement of a mistake is the notion that “I am wrong”, which no prideful ego likes to accept, because with that comes doubt and insecurity. Yet a meaningful life and inner growth does not come from playing it safe, but by pushing out beyond one’s comfort zones to the realm of the unknown--or possibilities--where creativity resides. The vast majority of society’s revolutionary discoveries came about from a mistake.
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn
This reminds me of a Buddhist adage that states that “If you are not happy now, you will never be.” This does not mean one does not have goals or desires, but if I cling to these things and subvert my attention to future rewards, life becomes a harrowing journey of struggle--a means to an end, which has no ending. Life is short; so if I am going to do anything, I am determined to find satisfaction in the process, and become a co-creator of well-being with my environment.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again