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This morning I had an easy stroll through a part of the Heights yet explored by me. It’s hard to keep a good pace when I see so much that needs to be captured. My creativity has reached a point of flowing so loudly, I cannot silence it, even if I wanted to.
Creative expression is not a luxury for any of us, it is a necessity much like air, water, food, sleep, etc. It’s just that when we are out of practice of unleashing that need to express, it gets quiet & slowly dries up, yet it is still there, always there waiting for us to start noticing & then coaxing it back into a full flow again. That is where I am today.
But I know what it is like to have life, work & family take over where it feels as if there is no time or energy to express my creativity. I may have been busy, but part of me was dead, lifeless & I ultimately didn’t feel fulfilled or complete.
I love my new iPhone for this purpose. I have a lot of cameras, from simple to complicated ones, but today my favorite is still the instagram app on my iPhone. It makes creating interesting, soul-full images easy, less time-consuming, with an instant result.
I believe the best first step in recovering your creativity, is to start paying attention to what catches your eye. If it is a color, or a building, a contrast of two colors, a person, a crack in the sidewalk, the roots of trees, it hardly matters, but notice it, ponder on it, notice everything that draws your attention. Take photos of them.
Slowly that aspect of your inner being will start trickling a long with your interest in it, then it will give you more, open up further, wider until you won’t be able to stop it. You will need to write a story, a poem, take more photos, rip up paper, get out your pencil & doodle, sketch, paint, sculpt & dance. You will be filled with so much energy you can’t stop or slow down & there will never be a lack of ideas of what to create or express next.
It’s raining this morning & my soul is dancing. I LOVE the rain & people of the rain. I even named my daughter Raine.
I grew up in lush green-ness of Bellevue, Washington. That part of the country has a special tonality or perhaps it’s a saturated-ness to the greens. I think it comes from a grey sky but it is luscious & soothing to me. After 17 years in that area I’ve spent a lot of my time in the deserts of California, New Mexico, Saudi Arabia & Iraq. You can’t find that kind of green-ness in those places.
But this morning it is raining in Houston after a long drought & I am dancing with my new IPhone (just got my upgrade) playing with Instagram, Shake-it, Super 8 & other fun photo apps. I love it & it’s so convenient to have a phone in my camera!! :o)