Creative Time Spent

Creativity is becoming a lost art in this world of vast digital entertainment. I think Tic Tok will someday lead the world with a little brass ring through the nose video. Done with your work – or not? Pull out the phone! It’s a world wide epidemic.

The thing I did not realize growing up is that it takes great effort and a good bit of time to make a living. If not pressed, you want to do something that takes little energy but consumes your consciousness, like drugs maybe. What price do we pay for that mindless pleasure? A hundred years ago most people had a great deal less time off. They worked 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week. Time is the thing we spend. I don’t think we appreciate this extra time. With all the complex issues, possibilities and problems around us, why don’t we make more of our time?

Maybe we don’t develop enough interest to overcome that inertia of the couch. It has a deep grove we easily fall into. It also takes energy to read, produce much less to design something. Curiosity helps. Most people are not that curious about much other than cat videos. Don’t get me wrong. I like a good cat video as much as the next guy. Still, the world turns and we are not standing still, even if we are lying on the couch. There is a curiosity monster always hovering in the background. In learning to watch for the details and nuance of a thing we could be propelled me into a binge of questioning.

Nuance, the recognition of complexity and the ability to find the right depth of a logical start are important contextual issues. Finding these points is a useful skill that you should not underestimate. Research and study are two very dirty words but, we now have that most useful tool known as YouTube! How do we develop necessary choices, options and techniques to create interest? The internet has come in handy here. It is now so easy to look it up on Google that a surprising number of people energetically apply the habit.

Creative ways to ask opinions can be invaluable in the search for new solutions to existing problems. Framing the question can make all the difference when trying to get an effective suggestion or solution. Tone of thought can be trained to habitually affect creative answers. The ability to listen and participate in silent response may be necessary to give space for thoughts.

Observation is the key to guiding your plan to successful curiosity. Communication is the side step of potential conflict and may advantage your time, energy and resources.

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