I knew I wanted to write in second grade. I caught the writing bug and it stayed with me. I think everyone who blogs has the writing bug. If you’re like me, you have to write. It’s they way we express our creativity. The following short YouTube video features the late Elmore Leonard offering writers free advice on writing. Learn from a master.
It only takes a moment, a single moment, to turn someone’s day around. A kind work, a thoughtful gesture, an understanding heart. Simple acts of kindness are the glue the hold us together. A simple act of kindness does more for the giver than the receiver. Make two people feel good today: The person who is the receiver of your act of kindness and you, the thoughtful person who took a moment to be kind. Don’t know what to do: The short YouTube video will inspire your creativity.
What sparks your curiosity? What do you want to know? Why do you want to know? Being curious is the mark of a human being who chooses to learn, grow, and experience our cosmos. Enjoy this brief (less than 2 minutes) YouTube video about curiosity. Stay curious. Continue to learn. Continue to grow.
Our experiences can make us or break us. At the moment of our experience, we cannot predict how it will influence our life. If you and I choose to take our experiences, especially the difficult ones, and creatively draw something meaningful from them, we may surprise ourselves with the experience’s powerful and positive influence on our lives. In this YouTube video Gene Wilder shares his stories of the two experiences that let loose his creativity.
Change isn’t easy. It’s difficult. It’s really difficult when we’re in an established routine. We can make change easier for ourselves and for others if we think differently about change. What if an enjoyable alternative was offered to replace what we want to change? It works. In the following YouTube video you’ll see a creative approach to changing behavior. There are no limits to how we can restructure our environment to help us those we live or work with to change.
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be frightened. Push the boundaries. Take your “crazy dreams” and chase them unrelentingly. We are not designed to be spectators. We are designed to play. Let’s push the boundaries and see what happens.
How are you living your life? Grab hold of it with both hands. Be grateful for this wonderful and wonder-filled gift. Discover what you love and passionately embrace it. Grab hold of life and make a difference. Enjoy your family and friends. Enjoy nature. Enjoy ever sip of coffee and bite of food. Take nothing for granted. Enjoy it all. Be grateful for it all.
When we open ourselves to shed our biases, we see with new eyes. What we once saw disappears and we witness a new creation that was always there but impervious to our sight. Our judgments and our notions of how things should be evaporate. Our eyes and hearts open to new ways of seeing. This short Vimeo video will open your eyes to seeing what is familiar to seeing it differently, perhaps for the first time in your life.
Are you creative? Have you run up against brick walls? Naysayers? People who won’t encourage you? Join the club of creative people. George Lois, American art director, designer, and author gives a blunt talk to college students about the courage they will need to be creative. If you need a creative pep talk, this Vimeo video is for you.
“You’re in a rut, Ray. It’s making you a dull, dull, dull boy. I’ll leave your writing alone, maybe. Let’s face it, without me, you’d be arrested for walking on the red carpet with no invite. Know what I mean?”
“No, I don’t know what you mean. If I ever get invited to walk on the red carpet, I won’t be holding your arm.”
“After everything I’ve done for you? You’ll be singing a different tune when the invite comes.”
“Change of subject, okay. Dull? I’m anything but dull. Why I’m up every day at 5:30.”
“I exercise, shower and have Greek yogurt and oatmeal.”
“Strike two. At least put some cinnamin on your oatmeal, blueberries, even. How many days in a row have you been eating vanilla Greek yogurt? You really want to continue, Ray. Anyone can see where this is leading.”
“Well, you’re not much better,” I snap defensively.
“How so? I change my name almost every day. To keep you on your toes I’ve moved off of one letter names. You can call me, De. It rhymes with free. And, glee. It might be short for de-lightful. Or, delicate.”
“Or, deranged or demented.”
“See, that’s another thing, you’ve got to start looking on the sunny side of the street. See the rainbow after the storm. Open those baby blue eyes, Ray, there’s a great day in front of you.”
“Where did all this come from?”
“I just got through watching a PBS special on positive thinking and breaking up dull, dull, dull routines. I thought of you right away.”
Can we finish this conversation? I have to get to the Y. Today’s my cardio workout.”
“Strike three. You didn’t even see the fastball I zipped past you.”
“De, you’re right. I’m in a rut. I’m riding in the fast lane to Dullsville. I’ve got to break its grip on me.”
“You’ve already rented a room at the Motel Dullsville, Ray. Let’s bust out of here.”
“How, De? How?”
“I’m glad you asked. You’ll have to wait until next week, that’s when part two of the PBS special is scheduled.”
“I’m out of here. I’ve got a cardio class.”
It’s easy to get trapped in routines. They’re comfortable. They tell us what to expect. Not too much effort is required once we’ve practiced them. Yet, they stifle growth. Every once in a while it’s good to take stock of the routines/habits we have and make a few changes. The changes will sharpen our thinking, give us a new perspective, and might even teach something new.