Posts tagged #creativity

Our dark side

We all have some good days and some bad days... How do you handle your bad days? Are you angry at yourself, do you simply ignore them or do you 'sit in the corner waiting that bad things disappear'?

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Sometimes I'm really upset when dark clouds come (unannounced) and put my energy level down and the mood. Ok, I know that we wouldn't admire the stars if there were no dark nights to make the stars shine..., but sometimes even positive thinking doesn't work for me.

However, sometimes I'm prepared and then I try to use my creative imagination and play with my dark side until it is not bright again. I explore what we can create together: a B&W drawing, a magical box with a hidden treasure inside, a (dark) selfy with my camera... When playing with my dark side, I forget about what really bothers me, I put it on the paper and live it there... Sometimes, at art therapy, we have a process to burn the created work, but I prefer to transform it into something that I like instead. I take it as a lesson in my life, so I don't want to burn it to make it disappear.

So, why not make something creative or special with your darker side as well; instead of denying it or torturing yourself with it?? Look what you can do with your shadow, which is in a way a symbol of our darker side...

Just be who you are, be creative and may your dark side be an opportunity to express yourself in a special, unique way!

Special: What is needed for creativity

Today, I am delighted to share another special story with you. It is written by Slovene blogger Saša - Lunaspi. I love her blog, because she has so many interesting things to do in her life, and she writes about that in a very special, humorous way. Her freshness always makes my days.

Here is her story:

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"I'm not creative person. I have a friend who is very creative. He always does something creative. But I am not creative at all", says my little nephew with a serious face. He articulates the word creative with great importance. I hold in a laugh.

"But, when you get dressed in the morning, you surely choose which sweater to wear, and that is also creativity. You create with colors,"… am trying to encourage him.

The boy, who is sitting on the steps, looks at me: "You know exactly what I mean. I am not creative person."

So, I'm not compelling him to do something 'creative'. No drawing, painting, creating paper, clay or other things. Instead we play board games and nobody thinks about the word creative anymore. 

Months passed by. The boy goes to school.

"Do you know that your nephew drew the best drawing in the classroom?"

"How come?" I ask.

"We had to persuade him, but when he started, it all went well."

On his next visit, my nephew says he will draw a scorpion with a poisonous arrow on the tail for me.

"You can die if it stings you", he says. "Should I draw it?"

"Aaagh", I say theatrically, "can it at least be at the sunset, so that I can admire the horizon before I die?"

"Okey", he says and laughs.

He thinks a little bit and I hold back my breath. He takes brown colored pencil and draws a scorpion. He stresses out the sharp point on the tail of the scorpion, so that the paper hardly bares the pressure. I'm a bit worried how will he solve the situation with sunset, but the boy takes a yellow colored pencil and draws right next to the brown line, so that the poisonous animal glows in the sun.

"Here", he gives me the drawing.

"Ooooo, can I hang it on the wall? Will it sting me?" The boy shakes his head. When we're attaching the drawing on the wall, he starts to explain to me what else he'll draw for me and where's still some space on the wall for his drawings. And I am wondering where did that uncreative person disappear.

What stimulates and what blocks creativity? 

When I read what is needed for a human being to be creative, there is one word that impresses me: to dare. To be brave. To be brave to present your own ideas, your own style and your own way, even if you are a beginner, a little clumsy in your first steps.

This is just an ordinary courage, which run away from me the other day when I went into a shop with hats. From all the beautiful creations on wire stands, I chose an ordinary black cap, although I wanted a real hat!

Question #17:

How brave are you in expressing your creativity?

PS: The question is part of the game 'Giving thanks, giving gifts'. Join us! (You can find the rules in one of  the previous posts here and all the questions in all December posts). Rejoyce with us and have fun!