(This blog entry is longer than what I usually write. Since few read anything taking more than 20 seconds to finish this post is mainly a note to myself. But you are welcome to read this 550 word reflection).
Articles on ways to change ourselves appear regularly in newspapers, magazines and on-line. The frequency of these articles confirm most of us are stuck spinning in place. Some articles feature new medicines we can ask our doctor to prescribe. There are studies about grains, fruits and vegetables we can eat in some ratio to fix us. And there are conferences by gurus, sages, ministers, talk show hosts and bestselling authors all promoting a book and a promise to heal what ails us. Sometimes it seems our goal is not to change but to learn how to function adequately in our assorted broken states. We don’t mind addressing various habits as long as they are not our own.
Some things we incorporate into our day become habits. Some of the habits are beneficial and help define who we are. Others harden into physical and mental dependencies forcing us to live in ways we never intended. Even when we realize we are stuck we often avoid initiating change. This results in discomfort, unhappiness and illness.
What we often lack is the willingness to live creatively. We’ve allowed the creative part of our lives to be directed by others. We expect to be fed and not make the creative “food” ourselves because this requires preparation. So we get by watching television and clicking around the Internet equating this as a creative act. Television and the Internet have a place in our lives but neither should replace our creative world. Living a creative life is not about being entertained or being entertaining.
Allowing ourselves to live in a creative place is not complicated. It starts with examining how we use our time each day. This lets us discover how we’ve buried ourselves under routines. We do not need an art studio to establish a creative way of living (although I love my art studio ZeorlinArt.com). We don’t have to go to go to art school or live near a museum. A creative world develops anywhere time is allowed for it to happen. This is frightening because we may experience less managed blocks of time where we go for walks or sit and idle somewhere. It’s easy to think such behavior is a waste of time. But look at how much time is lost by viewing screens crammed with U-tube, Facebook, Tumblr, Pintrest, television programming, Pandora and more. These distractions keep us from having a creative life. (Now look at me, criticizing digital social media while utilizing the same social media platform).
If we want to change (physically, mentally, spiritually) we need more time to nurture a life of curiosity. We have to understand which routines are necessary to get the mundane things done. This awareness lets us change or eliminate other habits. Eventually our lives become engaged in an evolving creative world while the junk in life (food, TV and other screen viewing) diminish. We start becoming creators of content which makes life more meaningful. But we still have to have some fun “junk” knocking around in our lives. I’ll admit I write things like this after tripping over all the junk in my own daily life. The painting titled “Incense” relates to this article and the chaos, logic, mystery and order that forms a creative world. (And if you actually read all the way to here, thanks for taking the time. I welcome your comments and questions).