‘What was will be again,
what happened will happen again.
There’s nothing new on this earth.
Year after year it’s the same old thing.
Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”?
Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story.’*
‘A characteristic of creative people is that they imagine making the impossible possible. That imagining – dreaming, noodling, audaciously rejecting what is (for the moment) true – is the way to discover what is new or important.’**
There’s never been a time when we have been more aware and better resourced to explore a life of autonomy, mastery and purpose. Developing in each of us is something instinctual – the beginning of creativity. What matters now is for this instinct to be honed into artistry; as Erwin McManus asserts:
‘every human being is both a work of art and an artist at work’.^
Keri Smith writes of this growing awareness when she investigates a mysterious organisation (organism?) named The Wander Society:
‘I believe its members exist to aid us in out quest to discover our own deepest soul life, too help us move to a higher plane of consciousness.’^^
Richard Sennett also caught my eye when connecting the home and art in his example of the goldsmith, perhaps a reconnecting thought for us as we live in a world where home and labour are separated:
‘Goldsmithing is perhaps most revealing in what it tells us about the workshop conceived and s craftsman’s home – as place that united family and labour.’*^
In writing about moving instinct to art, Seth Godin writes:
The world is a lot more complex than our gut is likely to comprehend, at least without training. Train your gut, get better instincts.’^*
Godin goes on to offer three practices to help in this movement, which are basically:
practise in private at anticipating the future of what you feel;
work more and more in the area of your interest: and,
hone all of this beyond instinct into an art.
You can’t wait until 9 o’clock on Monday morning to begin. Start now, right where you are, and turn life and home into a studio.
There’s something under the sun waiting to be brought into being by you.
(**From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..)
(^From Erwin McManus’ The Last Arrow.)
(^^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(*^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(^*From Seth Godin’s blog: Better instincts.)