A Quick Note On Creativity

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First, a quick apology for being absent so long from my blog.  It’s been almost 11 months since my husband, Ron, passed away, and I have to say that it’s taken all this time for me to start feeling, well, ready to go on with my life.

Now the quick note on creativity:  have you ever felt that “if only” you could get some quiet time to yourself, or get that perfect studio set-up, or just get rid of all the demands of everyday life, you’d be able to get to that writing/artwork/music/crafting/sewing/gardening/whatever that you’ve always wanted to do?  Maybe that’s not how it works in real life:

Mountain stream of white water.

Power?

“Igor Stravinsky said that “the more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself.” I’d come across the quote years before, but I only now got it. When water is confined in a narrow space like a tube or a ravine, it will rush forward with power; when it has infinite room to expand, it becomes a puddle. The same thing happens with our creative juices.”

Quiet water with rocks.

…or puddle?

 

 

This is a quote from Jennifer Fulwiler’s “One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both” (Zondervan).  This is an excellent book by a very witty and  entertaining atheist-turned-Catholic writer, and I highly recommend it!  You can order it from amazon.com or amazon.ca (or probably find it in any major bookstore – I wouldn’t know, as there aren’t any around Digby, Nova Scotia!)

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