Thursday, March 21, 2013

The environment for creativity

"In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity.  What works for one person is useless for another.  The only criterion is this:  Make it easy on yourself.  Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't scare you, doesn't shut you down.  It should make you want to be there, and once you find it, stick with it.  To get the creative habit, you need a working environment that's habit forming."

                             Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Guilt vs. Shame

" A clear way to see the difference is to think about this question: If you made a mistake that really hurt someone's feelings, would you be willing to say, 'I'm sorry. I made a mistake'? If you're experiencing guilt, the answer is yes: 'I made a mistake.' Shame, on the other hand, is 'I'm sorry. I am a mistake.'"

              Brene Brown, "Life Lessons We All Need to Learn," Oprah Magazine, Feb. 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

I (Heart) Mondays because ...

I have something to think about:

"Say what you think you think, and worry later about all of its accommodations because what you think you think is often truer than what comes from the composition..."

                                                                Diane Sawyer in a Vanity Fair interview, March 2013

Trust your uncertainty.  I like that thought.

Monday, February 18, 2013

I (heart) Mondays because...

some Mondays I find a quote that gives me just what I need to begin the week:

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something.  Say, instead that you are doing it...The most remarkable things follow."

                  Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Poem for Mondays

 Memento Mori in Five Syllables

Something awful may
happen tomorrow.
Some terrible thing
may be waiting for
mourning.  Think on this.

The car you leave in
never arrives.  The
voices you hear are
whispering lies.  The
hankie you touch to
your lips fills with blood.

Think of the skull on
the mantle.  Ponder
Boethius, et al.
Turn Terror away.
Make today quiet,
humorous, and good.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I (Heart) Mondays

...because I began the day with Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major for Violin, a bubble bath, loving thoughts of friends and family, none of whom I have to cook for or to clean up after.