Hello Monday and welcome to the last few weeks of this year, 2017. The creative exercise for Day 48 is to find a person in your life, a family member, friend, or co-worker, someone with whom you associate closely, draw a picture of them, and list out all the reasons why you think they are wonderful. Are they kind? Cheerful? Ready with a word of support? It doesn’t, of course, always have to be something they give to you such as kindness, patience, a listening ear, or a helping hand. Make sure you list the things about them that are uniquely them, covering both the serious, and the fun or quirky. For example, my family will tell you that it’s very hard for me to keep anything a surprise, especially birthday gifts or plans. Someone will have to literally sit on me to keep me quiet. I’m better at it now that I’m older, but definitely still a work in progress. I like to think it’s a feature, and not a bug, but some of my family members may disagree! For the accompanying artwork, you could use a photograph, but do try drawing them. Remember those kindergarten prompts, “I love my Mom/Dad/family member because..”? This creative exercise is similar. One of my boys wrote they loved me because I never forgot to cook food for them everyday, an obvious case of cupboard love! They accompanied it with a drawing of me with a circular head, one strand of hair and very muscular arms, and I remember bursting into laughter on seeing it. Let’s tackle these creative prompts with that child-like spirit of innocent ‘can do’. We are not trying to be perfect. We want to have some fun. We want to be light-hearted. To appreciate the awesomeness in the people in our lives. And to take time to express ourselves creatively, and with gratitude.
My Day 48 prompt: I was thinking of my sister when I wrote today’s prompt. She is honest. She is committed to fairness and will do the right thing even when it’s difficult. Her one quirk, in my opinion, is her tendency to ‘Excel spreadsheet’ everything, though that may be her corporate background. She has always been creative – musician, dancer, writer, potter, photographer, and artist. She is a great listener, and the best person to have on your side. She is very logical and intuitive. She is also very forgiving. I tried to sew a dress for her Barbie as a feel-better gift when she was down with the flu or something, back when we were kids. I had limited sewing skills, and so after making a tubular cloth sheath, I showed her that she had to remove Barbie’s head every time she wanted to put the dress on, removing it as I spoke. She looked horrified but as I mentioned earlier, she is very forgiving even though the doll’s head never quite regained the original tight fit on the rest of her body. We have grown closer as we have gotten older, and like fine wine, I think we are getting better and better at this whole sister thing! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 48 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Have a wonderful day! Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya