Saturday, January 17, 2009

Creativity: Part II

So I mentioned that I've been very interested in creativity lately. It stems mostly from the fact that I'm working through The Artist's Way book and course right now.

The Artist's Way is a book with essays and writing/thinking exercises that help you "discover and recover" your creativity.

I have been working with it for 10 weeks and it has had amazing impacts on my life. 

I suggested it to a friend the other day, and he said something to the effect of "I don't need to focus on creativity right now, I need to get other things in my life in order."

To me, that seemed like a classic example of "I can't stop to sharpen my saw, I'm too busy cutting down this tree!"

Like really, when do you have time to make your life better? well you never really do, but you really can't afford not to.

I realized that yes, the course is about creativity, but really its about fear and habits, and getting clarity on who you are and what you are doing with your life (and what you'd rather be doing) including topics like perfectionism, procrastination, time, and money. 

So yes, its a course for artists, but only in the sense that everyone is an artist, because creativity is the natural order of life. 

In case you can't tell, I highly recommend it (7 friends have started it since I have, and love it too). 


Ethan said...

Ali, you're such a self-help book junkie! (And I love it)

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Faucher said...

I'm adding this one to my list! Give yourself an enormous hug for me (or have a friend do the honors):) Miss you!

Tyler said...

I might be no. 8