Helping You Create Your Best At Home, At Work, and in Life

5/25/21

Blend Together


We often let our differences build fear, tension or conflict instead of using them as points for more understanding and better solutions. These days our world can feel very divided, with people often taking opposite stances and with political parties in discord instead of creatively coming together to bridge differences. Often all it takes is a difference in opinion for managers to deem an employee "difficult" or let them go. Yet, we don't live in a unison world; and if we did, it would be pretty monotonous. What would it be like if we could appreciate our differences and use them to create harmony?

When we harmonize, we're at peace with ourselves and others. We can create with others by blending our talents, knowledge, and ideas and by respecting and celebrating our diversity. Products and services can be more meaningful, successful, and appeal to a wider audience. 

When our individual hearts, minds, and hands are in sync, the more we can feel united within ourselves, and the less divisiveness and more harmony we can find in our relationships, work, and all we create. Harmony is a worthwhile creative goal. 

5/18/21

Take It Easy


Sometimes we progress when we take it easy and let things be. When we stop paddling and allow ourselves to completely relax, to surrender, to let go and float, it can be surprising to feel the ease and support beneath us. Try lying on the floor or sitting back in your chair, and allow yourself to let go and completely relax your entire body and mind. Allow yourself to float, supported, doing absolutely nothing, trusting, and see what comes up for you and where it takes you.

5/11/21

Make it Look Easy


Ducks may appear to float along, but under the water, they might be paddling vigorously. 

When I look at others creating, I often aspire to their effortless mastery. Yet, it's years of accumulated practice that lead to the ability to perform with comfort, or to give a confident presentation, or to make and share our art or product. 

Sometimes it's ok to fake it a little. We can give the appearance of floating along without paddling much, even while we're working hard towards it. What's important is to stay above the water and keep going, and let it get easier with time, practice, and trusting our own creative process. 

5/4/21

Find Strength in What Scares You

It often terrifies people when they try going upside down in a yoga class. We might land on our heads, break our necks, or otherwise hurt ourselves. Or, thinking we're not capable, we may not manage to get our feet up far enough from the ground to give it a real go. 

Of course, it would be reckless to attempt something like this without support or before we have the strength and balance. When we do try it, though, we get to see the world from a new perspective, and to feel gravity's hold on us in this upside down direction. 

Artists, too, often turn their canvas upside down to better see, make adjustments, and improve their art. If we always go at things from the same angle, we can get stuck where we are. 

The unknown is always scary and uncertain. When we only stick with what's safe and known, we miss out on what might be. Sometimes it's the very places that scare us where we find new strength and courage, which helps us go further in our arts, work, and lives. If there's something you're avoiding because of fear, why not find a safe way to give it a try? See what it opens and how it creates new strengths in you and your work.