I remember when I was a kid bored at home, our parents would always tell us to go play or make something. I remember being sat on the kitchen floor with this yellow card file holder with all kinds of creative projects inside. We would sit around this folder and riffle through it until we found something that lit a spark.
It’s funny. I don’t remember offhand any of the specific projects, just that gathering around the yellow file box and the sense of curiosity and excitement it created. Perhaps if my mom reads this, she can comment about any projects she remembers??
It goes without saying that I love creative projects, but this love does not only help me with my art. It also helps me as a teacher, colleague, and charitable society member (my school is a charitable society). For some wild reason, my students really like my classes. The only thing I can really honestly attribute this to is my perpetual engagement of their curiosity, exploration, and creativity.
Follow your nose.
When they ask how to proceed, I often tell them, “Follow your nose,” or “Throw something against the wall and see if it sticks.” As most of my students come from other countries around the world, they are not used to these expressions and find them odd and amusing, which is a good start. In my experience, learning and productivity are serious business best aided by a light heart and weighty senses of both humour and wonder.
Comic interlude: 4 measures
As I look back at those two, usually separate, recommendations in the last paragraph, it occurs to me to add that I am not recommending picking and flicking. Lol. Although, if that’s what does it for you, in the self-isolated comfort of your own home, why not!? Otherwise, I suppose, yeah, the process does follow a similar pattern: you follow your nose–whatever catches your interest or sparks an idea–then you chuck what pops up in terms of ideas, connections, thoughts, questions, and so on at the wall and see what happens.
See what I just did there? I applied a sense of humour as I threw my ideas against this web-log wall and examined what had stuck. 😉 Who knew that picking and flicking could be such a rich metaphor. Except the end result of this metaphor is not as pretty as the results often are in real life. There are some crusty ones for sure, but others will look more like this:
Here’s my proposition:
As many of us are camped out at home with kids or the forever-young child in our minds, why not get creative?
How can we best make use of this particular moment?
How can we best make use of this particular moment? This is one of my most favourite and fruitful questions. True creativity is responsive and interactive between mind and environment. If you’re looking to try a new approach to the time you’ve got right now and/or the changes you need to adjust to, why not bring some creativity into the game?
It can be really fun, stimulating, fulfilling, and even in some cases, healing. It can build positive relationships and truly interesting work.
These two TED pages give some good ideas for how to approach your time and efforts with creativity.
Have a look. Have fun! And please post comments about how it goes 🙂