On Creativity/ Once Upon A Tea TimeThis post will have a lot of different threads running through it but it’s a direct reflection of all the different thoughts in my head. By sharing it, I hope we can agree, yet again, that we are all in this together.

  1. Last week, I wrote about stepping outside of my comfort zone. Over the last year, I have stepped far enough that I don’t see my comfort zone anymore. That fills me with anxiety and trepidation. I question the need to step outside my comfort zone and really, why should anyone do something that they aren’t already happy doing?! It doesn’t seem fair. I learnt the simple answer that’s true for me- it feels great afterwards! Another mountain (worry, problem, hurdle) that was in my path now reduced to rubble (or a smaller hill!) or I have figured out a way around it. This doesn’t mean I am now a anxiety-free, fearless warrior taking on mountains every day. It just means what scared me yesterday doesn’t scare me (as much) today. Progress is made! Plus this article helps to explain it.
  2. Perfection is over-rated. Just remember this quote, “A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”- John Henry Newman. Like I said, over-rated.
  3. A lot of people associate being creative, and creativity with the arts. But that’s just one aspect of it. This is one my favorite quotes from the book Uncommon Genius- How Great Ideas Are Born by Denise Shekerjian that featured interviews with McArthur Genius Award grantees, 5 Thoughts Running Though MY Head/ Once Upon A Tea Time
  4. Artist Lisa Congdon not only draws well but she is articulate on so many subjects and this one where she talked about her age really resonated with me because it captures so much of what I feel.
  5. We had a glitch with the OUATT blog 10 days back. Older posts were re-published accidentally (including this post which I wrote 2 years ago when I turned 42), and I heard from some people- they sent birthday wishes and said these were the posts that really stayed with them. I was so happy to hear that because these are the posts that I like writing the most.

Have a wonderful weekend break, and for many of us in the States, a great spring break!

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  1. Nitya

    Aah, a topic that really comes close to me. Perfection and the fear of being judged and failure. Personally, I have always been a big picture person, I tend to always look at experiences fitting into the grand picture. While it is a gift at times, it takes me away from the moment at hand and I get lost in that realm….and before long I have already stepped away from that blissful moment when the idea formulates to a scenario where I view the outcomes and fear takes over. Trying to stay in the moment….this is a difficult but necessary practice for me ????. Thank you for this post!