The pace of events is moving so fast that unless we can find some way to keep our sights on tomorrow, we cannot expect to be in touch with today.
Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary State1961-1969
Thank you Jewels at ChicksConnect.com for hosting me on this virtual book tour celebration for the book ‘Have you Ever Had a Hunch? The Importance of Creativity.’ I look forward to interacting with your audience and welcome their comments or questions.
Creativity that is significant and thoughtful, takes time. Each creative project is different. Some will take less time to complete than others. Some will take much longer than ever anticipated to bring to a satisfying conclusion. Having great inspirations are one thing, but actually owning ideas and coaxing them to become good ideas, requires work and time – time, that ever-diminishing, essential but elusive luxury.
So many people today are on overload. There are family and work expectations and obligations. There is constant bombardment from the media and social networks. There is just so much to do and so little time. Yet, we have to make the time if we want to be adept creators by prioritizing, thoughtfully, what we should and shouldn’t do. Not everything is a have-to. Not everything is of equal importance. Not everything we do is essential or related to what we really wish to do. If we want to do what we really know we can do well, we have to reclaim our time.
In an external environment with so much information and choices, one in which we have to shout to be heard, and in an internal one in which our anxieties repress our creativity, it is exceedingly difficult to pay attention to our own observations, inner needs and intuition. We are so connected to these ongoing stimuli, to so many confusing perspectives, that we are deprived of a very important ingredient of creativity: spending time with ourselves.
People who are removed from their own instincts about things become increasingly confused by the multiple perspectives they are continually offered on issues, on goods, on desirable behavior. They become incapable of defining for themselves their own view of the world or even of their own lives. They suffer a loss of authenticity and commitment. More and more they turn to those whom they perceive have “authority” on spiritual, emotional and financial decisions, and more and more competing “solutions” are sold to them.
There is little time for in-depth investigation of possibilities, or even for deep investment into relationships with others and lack of time is an obstacle to exploring our own creative potential. If we wish to reclaim our own creativity from the constant bombardment of noise with which we are faced everyday, we have to examine, closely, how we spend our time and separate what is really important from what really is not. We need to make an effort to reclaim our time and in so doing, we will reclaim and invigorate our creativity.
Ellen Palestrant is a writer, artist, filmmaker, educator, game inventor, hydroponic farmer, creative conceptualizer and creativity consultant. Among her nine published books, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking is now in its Third Edition.
“There is a vision that guides a creative process that is uniquely your own,” Palestrant says. “That glimpse of possibility, which often enters our minds unbidden, needs to be respected and not disregarded. It might, after all, contain the potential to become something exciting and unexpected. I call myself a Possibilitiest”
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