Then a couple of decades ago I realized that my love of cooking and entertaining, even if it started with a recipe, was creative. I even began to see my career in high-tech as having some creative aspects to it. As a consultant, one of the most exciting aspects is getting to create goals, project and methodologies for my clients. (It’s also one of the most daunting aspects, but I save that discussion for another time.)
As I better understand creativity, I realize it is present in every aspect of our lives… not just creating a painting. It can be with us in most activities–from driving a new route to getting to know a stranger. More important, it is a good way to strengthen our physical and mental health, and it’s easier than we think.
Remember when you were a kid and could play outside for hours? Yes, toys were a part of it, but they were rarely used for their intended purpose: a hula hoop became a marker for tag, or a swing became something to jump from. Even those simple changes came from engaging our brain in a different way. Doing this as adults helps us to use more of our brain cells, which helps us to stay creative and continue to gain mental power.
- sit in a different seat in your weekly meeting to get a different perspective on it
- go out of your way to meet new people and ask unusual questions
- approach a project in a method that diverges from your process of the past: if you often start with brainstorming with a group, go solo before engaging others–or visa versa
- doodle, even if your stick figures are as funny as mine, stare out a window, or let your mind wander
How do you express your creativity? Do you see it as an important part of your life? Will you do anything differently after reading this? Try a new recipe?
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“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”
~ Albert Einstein