Wednesday, June 22, 2011

conversations

On the subject of creativity.
I mentioned that recently I have been in a creative block.  But I think that after much regrouping, I find that I'm coming out of that block slowly.  I did experience a few moments earlier today, frantically trying to jot down a potential verse today on my phone.  In fact, a couple verses.  So stay tuned for that. :)


But today, I thought I would repost (a post of a post of a post ... heheh) something that I read a couple days ago that I found fairly interesting.  I was reading this blog from someone that I knew back in high school, PAUL SKRATCH.  And I thought it would be great if I passed this along as well.


Dedicated to creatives & muses everywhere.  :)  Enjoy!


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My homie Ess passed this to me. This is the TRUTH. Thought I’d share this with you all. Thanks Ess!



The 10 Dimensions of Creative Complexity: I’ve read this book several times, but each time that I show it to a friend, the first place that I turn to, the place where the book falls open, is to the 10 Dimensions of Complexity of the Highly Creative Personality. That’s what Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls them. I call them the 10 Reasons that Creative People Drive Us Crazy. Each item is a paradox, a complexity, a contradiction that’s frustrating to others when they exist together at odds in one human being. Take a look and then I’ll tell you how knowing them has helped me keep my sanity, or at least relieve some stress.


1. Creative individuals have great physical energy, but they become extremely quiet when they are at rest. This restful period can lead others to think that they are not feeling well or that they are unhappy, when the truth is they are fine.


2. Creative folks tend to be both highly intelligent and naive at the same time.


3. Creative people are disciplined and playful simultaneously. In some creative people, this can mean that they are responsible and irresponsible at the same time as well.


4. Creative minds move between a spectrum of fantasy and imagination and a firm grounding in reality. They understand the present and need to keep in touch with the past.


5. Creative individuals seem to be both introverted and extroverted, expressing both traits at once. An image to explain this might be that they are shy showoffs, if you can picture that.


6. Creative people are sincerely humble and extremely proud in a childlike way. It requires ego to have a risky, fresh idea. It takes self-doubt to hammer it out to a workable form.


7. Creative folks don’t feel as tied to gender roles. They feel distinctly individual. They don’t feel the barriers of authority or the rules of what they are “supposed to do.”


8. Creative individuals are thought to be rebellious. Yet, in order to be creative one has to understand and have internalized the traditional culture. Therefore creativity comes from deep roots in tradition. Creative people are traditional and cutting edge.


9. Creative people are deeply passionate about their work, yet can be extremely detached and objective when discussing it.


10. Creative people are highly open and sensitive, which exposes them to pain and suffering, but also allows them to feel higher values of joy and happiness.


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

listening pleasure

From the late great Gil Scott-Heron...


Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there....especially you Dad, wherever you are......


Friday, June 17, 2011

conversations

Yesterday morning, I felt like I was in a really bad dream that I couldn't wake up from.  By now, the world knows about what had happened in my city, Vancouver, a mere 24 hours ago as I write this.

At first it was surreal and disappointing, witnessing our hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks lose Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins.  And it was only moments later that chaos started to erupt.  I'm sure all of you who are reading this have already seen the horrific images that were taking place.

Luckily I was able to leave the downtown area safely.  After reaching home, and watching the live coverage on tv, I was left extremely angered, embarrassed, and deeply saddened.  Needless to say that night, I barely slept.

Getting up to go to work the morning after was definitely a challenge.  I was very motivated though, by reports on Facebook and through the news, stating that clean up efforts were already underway, both by city workers and volunteering citizens alike.

Well, after I finished my shift at 9pm, I decided to walk through downtown.  Instead of feeling afraid, I had regained that sense of safety and pride in the city.  Here is why, as I managed to capture these images from my walk.


(outside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Burrard)

All the broken glass had been replaced by these "apology walls" expressing messages of concern, hope, support and love from the "real Canuck fans". It was as if the entire city was trying to erase the images of violence the night before.



(Chapters Bookstore on Robson & Howe)









"What happened yesterday was awful.  But what is happening today is BEAUTIFUL."

I managed to get my own message on there!
"I love this beautiful city of mine!"

Every block and every which way you turned, there were people expressing their heartfelt wishes.


Walking further down Robson....

Moving towards Granville Street....where the flagship Husdon's Bay Company is located....




Then, as I was getting closer to the skytrain station on Granville Street, I witnessed and became part of a most amazing moment that really "un-broke" my heart.


Crowds were gathered around this parked police car.  Twenty-four hours earlier, police cars were set ablaze.  However, compared to the stark contrast of the night before, this gathering had a rather opposite and uplifting purpose.

They were sending letters, and post-it notes of apologies, but also love, support, and gratitude.



I too expressed my utmost support, and thanks for doing all that you could in keeping us safe.




And then the real heroes arrived, with applause and handshakes. 


From complete and utter anger and sadness, this city was able to restore the meaning of what it means to be a true Vancouverite.
THIS is the real Vancouver.  The one that I love so much.

Thank you Vancouver Canucks for a great Stanley Cup run.  We'll get 'em next year!

Thank you VPD, Fire and Ambulance departments and Transit officials for all your hard work and efforts despite the danger and chaos that surrounded you.

We will never forget what you have done for us!



Sunday, June 12, 2011

conversations

Dedicated to my Muse...Part II


It's a Sunday afternoon, and I've been prancing around a few ideas on what my next post should be. However, I've come across a small creative block. Everytime I experience this, I like to read pieces from people/writers that inspire me - to hopefully feed off of their energy and spark the creative process iin me again.


Luckily, I came across this wonderful blog post by a fellow writer.  You can visit and read his post here. After reading this post, it reminded me of what I need to do to be mindful of and honor when I write.  And quite simply, it's to be honest -- honest with myself, my thoughts, and my feelings.  I have to be able to trust in my creative process (that gut feeling in my stomach) and let it take me to wherever it leads me.


I've mentioned before in previous posts that ever since I started blogging, I started to look at the world a little differently.  Once I began to open myself up to the world, my creative process in almost direct proportion did the same. However, I think that as of late, I've been a little caught up in work and family life that sometimes, I just need to step back a bit, give a few moments to myself to reflect.


So right now, this is my reflection.  Instead of me having to search for topics to write about, like what I did last Sunday, what someone said to me the other day, where I was on this particular day and at this particular time, (granted all these things that DID happen to me are all worthy topics to blog about) sometimes I have to stop searching and let it find me...whatever that IT may be.


The thing about being honest is that there is always that fear of being judged.  I struggle with this sometimes.  I have never been or claimed to have been a perfect person.  I have made some poor decisions in my life so far -- decisions that have lead me into some of the darkest and most lonely places in my life.  I've lost some friendships.  I've let people down.  Whether or not I decide to share these experiences, only time will tell.  But there is this saying - "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."  From these dark times, I've also come away with many of the best, most heart felt, genuine, cherished moments I've ever experienced.    To the people that have shared these moments with me, this journey, whether if you are still with me or not, you know who you are...I am eternally grateful.


So for those going through a similar creative process (or in my case a lack thereof haha), sit back, reflect and breathe.  Yes, people will always judge about whether or not a certain article/poem/song is out of line; or if this dish didn't exactly taste the way you had hoped it would; or if that certain piece of fondant didn't look like the perfect cupcake topping...........you don't have to answer to them.  ANSWER to yourself. HONOR yourself. BE the most honest with yourself as possible. And TRUST in the journey...trust in the process.  After all, it's what all us creatives live for, isn't it --it's more about the journey than the destination.