The call to the creative life is a call to dignity, to a life of vulnerability and adventure and the call to a life that exquisite excitement and indeed ecstasy will often visit.*
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.**
When it comes to unleashing creativity, whether art or artisanship, location is everything.
Testing and discovering what it is we really want to bring into the world is a place:
Discovering the right medium is often a tidal movement in the creative life of an individual. … Creativity can be inhibited by the wrong medium.^
When things become clearer, we may see possibilities where we are,
Or we may need to move:
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we begin from.^^
Finding the right people to sharpen our creativity is another place,
And who knows?
We might find another place,
Of creating something together that will outlast us:
many of us have a shot at creating experiences and projects whose effects can continue long after we are gone*^.
Here’s somewhere to begin.
identify three energising “locations” by keeping track of what you’re doing when you feel great energy in your body.
Add the why, who and when to your notes.
Do this for a few weeks and then aggregate the contents of your notes to identify larger areas of activity.
Name these and then identify the three that have the most energy for you.
Abstract activities from these to explore and play with.
*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^From Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds;
^^T. S. Eliot, quoted in Ben Hardy’s Personality Isn’t Permanent;
*^Victoria Labalme, from gapingvoid’s blog: Risk Forward: Legacy, Satisfaction and Greatness.