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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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CREATIVITY - The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. [Click here for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]
Woo hoo! Internet a whole day earlier then expected! How great is that?!!  I've been very busy over here in the creative trenches setting up my new house.  I really enjoy this process. We have had our share of snags with incorrectly estimating the size of rooms and some furniture but this has caused us to get CREATIVE! LOL and as a result we are skipping a kitchen table and putting in a bar stool island; and our family room is still without a couch but the hunt for the perfect one is still on! Jessie finds the furniture shopping very fun but was quite disappointed that we did not get her the bunk bed she wanted. She is only two and the "big girl bed" is high enough and already scares me!  (Note: the first night was a success and the blow up mattress I put beside her bed went unused during the night... it makes a nice "bounce house" by day so we may be stuck with it for a while even after I'm sure she can sleep in her bed without it.)

I read the first chapter of "The Creativity Book: A Year's Worth of Inspiration and Guidance" by Eric Maisel and have been pondering his first assignment, to write a 2500 word biography. I plan to do it and to follow his year long plan as much as practical in conjunction with this project. When it is done I'll make it available here for those of you who may be interested.  Eric suggests having a creative project in mind while working through his book and this blog is a perfect choice for my undertaking.

One of the things I am really enjoying is the synergy each week has when accompanied by the other weeks.  Both Eric and Karen Ehman ("The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized ) suggest similar organizing strategies and talk about forming rituals, although I think Karen called hers a prayer routine, to start each day. Eric says this is something that can make a profound difference in getting the creative juices flowing and Karen's routine grounds her and sets her up for success each day. I have read about and considered such a thing from time to time but like many good ideas I have not followed through.  Eric stresses it doesn't need to be an elaborate thing. Just a cup of tea and a few minutes of solitude can be the place to start. 

I try do something creative and crafty with Jessie each week and this week, thanks to Jaye's Creative Prompt, we are going to make purple fairy wands... at this writing I have no idea what that will look like but we will post our creations once they are completed!

Next post: Creative things to try

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise

1 comment:

  1. Fairy wands! Wonderful idea. I can't wait to see them.


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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