I love this quote from Alan Alda: “Be brave enough to live creatively.” It reminds me that creativity can’t be cultivated without help from courage. It’s one of the reasons I chose the word “Brave” as my word for 2016.
Everyone needs to find the courage to be creative. For some, bravery means sitting down in front of their creative work and allowing the process to start. For others, bravery means putting their work out into the world.
For me, bravery means allowing other people to be creative around me.
I have a flip side to my creativity; I am also a natural controller. (At one point I considered naming this blog/book “The Creative Perfectionist.”) It’s hard for me to let go of control and allow others to work their magic. But I’ve learned to push myself in that direction, because whenever I do, great things happen.
For example: my haircut. [Read more…]