How alive do you feel?
Have you ever noticed that time passes in a blur when you are creating madly away? No?
Well then, have you ever noticed how time s l o w s d o w n when you are kept from creating or have lost interest?
Perhaps you are one of the fortunate few who has never had to think about creating. If you are in constant create mode with your creativity switch full on, you already know what the punch line is and can skip to another topic.
Creativity can be encouraged, but the drive must come from within for it to affect life in a positive way.
I know from experience that dire necessity is a great spur to creativity, as it clears away all of the clutter and fiddling around (TV watching, email reading) that can fill up time when I lose focus. Necessity is nature’s way of getting us to be self-determined again.
On the other hand, when we are in a situation where our creativity is regulated, constrained, and enforced our quality of life can be dismal, even when we are making loads of money.
Those of you who are highly paid employees of certain large corporations or are working on things that are damaging to health or the environment probably have some idea of what this is like. Self-directed creativity is discouraged and you can feel stifled.
At the other extreme are those in managed care facilities who have lost the desire to create. They sit quietly in wheel chairs waiting for something to happen. Other patients at these facilities are still creating and they are noticeable more alive.
So what determines whether self-determined creativity occurs?
I think the clue lies in the fact that creativity is outflow.
Continuous or enforced inflow decreases creativity.
I will be exploring this further and welcome your comments and suggestions.
Creativity corp http://weblog.sinteur.com/2008/05/04/
TV watchers http://www.journeywithjesus.net/BookNotes/postman_big.jpg