I first came across this poem in the opening of Sean Covey’s, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”. I was really taken by the last words – “be easy with me and I will destroy you“. I had never given a habit that much thought before. But this description, is almost scary. And so it should be.
I wonder if the celebration of a sports season, as a culture’s focus says something about the people?
Starting at the bottom of my journey map, in the middle is the column titled SELF and the biggest box is called ‘SLEEP / REST‘. We all know how much better we feel when we have a great sleep and how terrible it feels when we don’t. Even if you are a star sleeper, you have probably had life circumstances which have thrown you for a loop. Things like having a baby in the house or long haul travel over many time zones. Those were my 2 big call to action problems. It was a shock to my system, to all of a sudden be sleeping so poorly in those circumstances.
What is a creativity blog, anyway?
That is an interesting question. One which has taken deep study to realize how best to communicate. Getting it down to the elevator pitch, you know the 15 seconds you have to answer the dreaded ‘what do you do‘? I suppose this is important in tricky situations, particularly if you are dealing with someone who has the attention span of a nat.
Maybe this graphic will help. Basically this is a ‘journey map’, an overview of the ways to discover and benefit from the content of this creative blog. There are 3 silos running vertically which represent the main categories, with 2 special ones off on each edge.
When I told people I had quit my job of 15 years and was effectively dropping out of the career I took 25 years to build, there was a wide range of responses. I was well-respected in my company and in the wider industry. I had accomplished many things, some which would have long-lasting positive effects for the business. On the outside, I seemed to be having fun while managing a fast paced team. I maintained excellent relationships within the company and outward facing to customers. People could reach out to me and ask questions about many different situations, if I didn’t know the answer, I could point them in the right direction. On the surface, I was a well-adjusted senior manager who could be trusted to get the job done. I had been promoted many times and was seemingly on a path towards the highest levels, someday. Looking at the statistics, I had much of the best that corporate life could offer.
Are you OK? What are you going to do?
Reviews for the ebook Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering my Creative Power
“If you identify with creativity you will be interested in Christine’s story of the changes she made in her life over the past six years. There is something for all of us; for those in their 40’s – you may identify and take heart that you too can change, if you are younger – this is a blueprint and a cautionary tale, and if you are, (like me), well past your 40’s – there are many ah-ha moments when I saw my life and reflected on my journey through ‘early’ midlife.”
Creative expressions through Social Work, Beading, Knitting, Doodling, Cooking
I am wondering what specific activities people consider creative? Where are the areas of focus? Is there a cluster of common practices or is it quite individual?
Question #3 from my survey; this one is super interesting. When I put up the multiple choice answers, I focused on the things I was most interested in at the moment. I was curious to see the other ways people practice a creative spirit. (Maybe I should have phrased it that way!) In any case, the comments reflect many other activities and even, “ways of being” which are self defined as creative. I love it. Just the spirit I was hoping for.
Of the pre-selected, limited choices the top 3 picks are as follows:
- 58% for DIY, home improvement projects
- 51% for Drawing, colouring or doodling
- 47% for Photography
E-book – Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering my Creative Power
I am not fruitless anymore. Through the writing, learning and practicing of the past 6 years, I have come out the other side with more wisdom, creativity and passion than I knew was possible. I know I am not alone in this type of transformation. Everyone who enters the decade of being the age of 40 comes through it changed. I didn’t realize how much better I would feel and how much more I like myself as I move through these transitions.
A couple of years ago, one of my New Years resolutions was to start meditating. Even back then, everyone seemed to be talking about the amazingly restorative powers of meditation. But how was I going to accomplish this? The first quarter is a very heavy travel season for me at work. Almost immediately after the Christmas holidays end, I am off on my first long haul flight of the year.
I found a resource through the Tim Ferris podcast. Her name is Tara Brach. I love the timber of her voice. I was calmed by her guided meditation and felt good when I was finished. I could easily commit to a 20 minute session from my hotel room. That is the only upside of travelling alone. No extra responsibilities.
Early on in my practice, one of Tara’s meditations used the following passage from Rumi. I liked this so much, I wrote it out from the podcast audio. (I didn’t realize I could just google a few of the lines and have the poem instantly).
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. – Rumi, Sufi poet
If a child was asked what their superpower was, they would wonder why they had to pick just one? Children can easily convey their strengths, listing them off one by one. They would not feel too boastful about honestly declaring their passions. They wouldn’t worry what the person who asked the question thought about their unique superpowers. This child might even think it ridiculous to worry about such things.
At what age did we loose the ability to easily identify what makes us feel special? Why is naming our valuable contributions to the world such a vulnerable process?