3 Whole Habits of Seriously Creative People (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 207)
“An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively.”
— Julia Cameron
Humanity couldn’t survive without creativity. It is a way for many people to escape — at least for some time — from reality. We can’t hide from life. What good would life be if we all were hiding from it. But we can’t hide from creativity either. It is there for us to embrace. It helps us to think and rethink problems and solutions. We make a grave mistake when we deceive ourselves into think that gravity equals greatness. Sometimes, one has to be less grave and tap into the creative power of the life force that rises within.
Here are 3 habits of seriously creative people:
1. They turn everything into a matter of observation.
The world is not only interesting, it is also meaningful to those serious about their creativity. Possibilities are endless and opportunities are everywhere. Seriously creative people take note of people and things around them, even if they are simple and often uninteresting. They see things that others don’t and are able to draw indiscriminate meaning from it.
2. They work when they get good and ready.
It’s hard to pin down whether a creative person is a morning person, afternoon person, or night person. They work the hours that are best for them. One week they can work very early in the morning to late in the afternoon. The next week they can work very late at night to very late in the morning. Whatever time of the day the creative juices start flowing, a seriously creative person will be right there working it out at that time.
3. They believe in peace and quiet.
Creative types are often pictured as being loners and are stereotyped as “tortured artists”. Well, some may or may not be loners, but almost all creative people embrace peace and quiet. They produce some of their best work in solitude. They know how to tap into that inner voice and dialogue to express themselves. J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye” was said to be a recluse but produced some of his best works when he was out of the eye of the cameras.
“Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.”
— Thomas Troward