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The Power of Learning

Brightness of a Smile

The wonderful thing about creativity is I am always learning. Learning something new is insightful, but it’s also motivational to move forward and follow my dreams. New knowledge can create a different perceptive on problem solving. Then I feel better about myself, smile more, and seem to enjoy others around me.

Cycles of situations, the trails of influence, the cause and effect moments; I can choose to dwell on the emptiness of what I don’t have or the fullness of what I can use as resources. It is a marvelous thing when you think about it, choice, but it can be hard to obtain at times. Sometimes, allowing the influences of others can sneak up on you. Before you know it, you identify with their misery that they are comfortable with sharing, voicing, and pointing out the negative, the emptiness of their lives, the lack of desire, and unwillingness to care. I have been told to walk away, but what if it’s family, close friends, or your children?

I don’t have the answers, but what works with me, holding onto what’s true in my heart, my desires, and my dreams. Taking the time to see a young child smile, listen to their giggles, and share in their world of laughter. Walks to breathe in the fresh air, take in my surroundings, and collect my thoughts. A book that allows me to relax, take an adventure, or an uplifting article to read. Carrying my camera as I walk, run errands, to photograph something that’s an eye-catching scene or moment. But most of all, one thing that can be inspiring and help me keep a positive attitude; learning something new.

I appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to sign up for some free classes offered at my local community college, and when I leave, I feel inspired to share what I have learned, use what I have learned, and I discover that new ideas are creating in my thoughts. I am uplifted by the inspiration and the imagination.

In my opinion, welcoming something new, change, or a challenge it feeds into that cycle of situations, trails of influence, and the cause and effect moments; so, I can make better choices, which allow me, to concentrate on the fullness of what’s available, and use what’s around as resources to living abundantly on my journey.

From the Heart

I was asked the other day, “Why Creativity?”
Well, let’s define creativity first. It is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create significant and meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination; according to the dictionary.
It’s an everyday quality that I truly believe everyone has and processes to make life more meaningful. I appreciate the state of being creative with photography and writing, but I also use that skill in problem solving daily issues.

Niagara Falls

The Heart of Creativity


Concepts to hold,
Stories to be told,
Originality of thought,
Expression caught,
Illustrations to share,
Ideas to bare,
Discovery will peak,
Something to be unique!

SGW

Believing Gives Strength to Creativity

Morning Reflections

With each sunrise I observe, it always gives me the peaceful reassurance that new opportunities are on the rise.  There are times, I have had a new adventure that came knocking on the door, and other times, I have had to use my creative imagination to develop and unlock the door to optimistic opportunities.  The key has been with me, never to give up on hope.  To believe and absorb the wonder of the artistic splendor that is shown as a new day begins.

Each day brings on new challenges, new definitions to experiences, and new adventures to explore.  I have my days when things seem scattered like an unfinished puzzle, and moments when a piece seems to be missing, but stepping back to appreciate the newness of a sunrise gives hope that I will creatively find that piece as the sun begins to glow and completes the picture I set out to dream.


Journey to Living

Opportunities develop out of storms,
To cope, to struggle, makes new skills,
Treasures gained, the trust of a friend,
Faith, hope, and love are strengthened,
A better me in the development.
 
The storms of life may seem tough,
Pressures to restore may seem scary,
Feeling… too tired to make the climb,
Faith, hope, and love are strengthened,
A better me in the development.
 
Experiences, confirmation to living,
Some troublesome with a lesson,
Some pleasant with a gift to treasure,
Believing in the passion of dreams,
A better me in the development.
 
The heart has known hurt,
The body has known failure,
The mind has known forgetfulness,
The soul has known loneliness,
Yet, I develop into a better me.
 
God’s touch has been soft,
God’s reach has been comforting,
God’s hand has been strong,
God’s grace has been lifting,
God develops me into a better me.
 
Laughter has given strength,
Crying has drained the weakness,
Each day has been a journey,
Each moment of reconstruction,
Developing me into a better me.
 
I absorb and map the circumstances,
Calmly rejoice for who I am today.
I will witness results of my creativity,
Empowering me to move forward,
Developing me into a better me.

SGW

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Visualize with Creativity

The tunnel of summer trees, green and deep are making it difficult to see far down the dirt strips of the road.  Spanish moss hangs low from the branches, giving it an eerie aura that not many have traveled these parts.  The sun rays break through with blinding beams just before it sets.  I’m blinded and confused in the twist in the road, unsure of what’s coming or where I’m going.

Visualized Path

To form a mental image in my mind, visibly see the image as it would grow into a story, which I was drawn into as I turned each page, to me, that’s what, comes from visualizing with creativity.  I enjoy closing a good book, sitting back and thinking I certainly knew that character.   Taking a trip, visiting a place I had read about and feeling like I have been here before and I had from the story.

That’s the incredible thing about books; there are so many genres, that there is something for everyone.   A trip to the past, a conflict at present, or a leap into the future, there is always something.  That is an adventure I find less youth experience today with the various computer games, movies, easy short cuts to get information without truly reading.  What happened to those rainy Saturdays, when I couldn’t go outside, so a good book was the comfort of the day?

Prompt Your Creative Side

“I wouldn’t go any further, unless you want your delusions scattered,” his daughter warned.  She was sitting in the shadows at the far end of the porch.

“I was dropping off his jacket he left at the diner,” Joyce explained.

“I’ll take it, that way his unscrupulous reputation will remain without confirmation,” she said as she stood up and walked towards Joyce.

Joyce was confused.  She handed the jacket to his daughter.  She stood there for a moment gazing at his daughter, as if waiting for an explanation.

His daughter took the jacket as she exhaled her cigarette. “Thank you, I’ll tell him, you stopped by,” she said.

“Ok, thanks,” Joyce said as she took a few steps backwards to head towards her car.  She kept staring at his daughter in wonder.  His daughter glared at Joyce with a half smirk as Joyce got into her car.  Joyce could feel his daughter’s eyes to continue to burn into her as she looked into the rearview mirror while she drove out of the drive.

Joyce didn’t want to leave and was curious of what goes on behind closed doors at the Fuller’s residence.  Each time he came into the diner, he was polite, had the capacity to make others laugh, and his friends that would join him seemed to respect his opinions shared.

He had asked Joyce out last night, encouraging her to share some time, to get to know him better.  Now she had been warned to forget their last conversation.

 

Creative Prompt

Prompts are creative ways to get the imagination active.  So to speak, to get the juices flowing to create, to develop a perception that can grow.  Using a prompt can give me that stimulation needed to build upon a concept or notion.  I find using lines from the newspaper, or even comments from friends and family and pictures have inspired me with ideas.  I was listening to a conversation and the statement, “She kept staring at his daughter,” stayed in my thoughts.  Ideas of a mystery started to progress.  Who knows where I will go with this dramatic beginning.

Creative Connections

Connections

Over the years, I have witnessed the progress and growth in our technology, the creativeness in the development of science, inventions, and methods that have influenced society and how we communicate.  I have utilized those developments to communicate, but most of all, to reconnect with others.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to be able to communicate with family and friends.  Friends that I have allowed those years to pass since we last talked.  To locate someone, someone I thought a lot about during school years, but had not heard from in 30 plus years. Those years that I have concentrated on jobs, children, and struggling to find my way on my journey and forgot to share the experience with others.   It has allowed me to be informed of their experiences, news in the making, so to speak, and share at that very moment with comments and pictures.

As I watch the generation of my grandchildren, I ponder on a question, will they understand the concept of reconnection?  Today, they are connected from the time they are awake and even when they sleep, they wake up to messages that keep their status updated.  Will they truly understand the feeling or notion of missing someone?  Having that experience of mystery, anguish of anticipation, wondering if a letter will arrive or the phone will ring?  Will they still have that intimate, personal connection that once a letter could offer that was saved for years?  A letter that turned yellow with age and the writing has faded, but the words were memorized in the heart.  The joy of a reunion, anticipation of finding out, the excitement of reconnection with someone you have not heard from in years.

Well, I may not be around to see the full circle, but right now I will say, I am enjoying the creativeness our technology has offered.  I just hope the generations of my grandchildren do not take it for granted, but consider the privilege as a gift to build upon, positive concepts to build upon that will make things better.  That the messages of hope, faith and love are shared more, and an entity of togetherness be joined to conquer the struggles of yesteryear, and make today and tomorrow a better environment for their grandchildren.

Hope, the Root of Creativity

Sitting on the beach with my camera in my hand during a sunrise, it’s like meditation to me.  The breeze is tranquil, the salt air that I breathe in is soothing, and the sounds of the waves as they wash upon the shore flow to the heart beat of my dreams.  I am at peace as I focus the lens towards the rising sun, the shore birds running along the water and the crabs as they scurry across the sand.  Sea gulls invite themselves to fly close and land in the sand near me.  It’s a new day, a new beginning with endless possibilities like looking out to the sea and viewing the vastness of water.

Hope

I have read that each individual remains on a quest or has their particular place that encourages peacefulness.  I truly wish that each will find that comfort.  I don’t always have the opportunity to sit on the beach, but I can get away from the demands of daily living, by closing my eyes, if only for a moment, and retreat to what gives me clarity to my priorities.

I am not one that can say, “All my ducks are in a row,” or I have lived life with no “regrets.”  I may have my moments of confusion and discouragements, but learning from where I have come and believing in where I am going, gives hope that something brilliant will come out of those times of disappointments.

When I am able to find peace of mind, then I am able to reflect on what needs improvement.  Accepting the struggles with the blessings, gives me a feeling of balance, then I am able to focus on what matters.  With each experience and walk in my journey, I have gained or improved on skills and talents.  If life had been easy, organized, well-planned, then how would I have learned problem-solving, developing my creativity, or appreciating those moments of meditation.

I cannot speak for others, but having regrets motivates me to strive for my dreams today.  I may have taken a path in the past that was confusing, discouraging, and disappointing at times, but there were blessings too that have continued to guide me to where my dreams are taking me.  In my opinion, to be creative, want to create, and dream to create something to be shared, then one must have that one ingredient; “Hope” that always offers a guiding light through the storms.  To a moment to say “Thank you,” while refueling in the safety of a harbor.  Hope can provide the courage to set sail on that adventure into the unknown of the journey of life.

Battle from within

He Speaks to the Heart

Go with, Grow with, Give with, that part which I do not understand…I Fight with, my Heart.

The heart of the matter, the center of reality, the voice that encourages the consciousness, which wants to experience, to hold, to encounter that which gives inspiration beyond the idea of just existing.  I do not fully understand or comprehend this internal capability or strength in which I possess, so I allow the fearful misunderstanding, the confusion of no clarity draw me into battle with my heart.  I become lost in the fog of chaos, unsure of the path I started and forgetful of that which I once desired.  Bewildered in the environment I have created I give into the irrational behavior of panic like a victim in the water who seeks rescue, forgets to relax and float but struggles against his last breath and drowns.  The heart communicates once more, startles me in this controversy from within, no need to place blame on others, just listen.  The words to flow with my desires and grow with my natural abilities, give with my full capacity, which I may not understand, and I will find in my performance that I can achieve a dream.  To be creative, to express with imagination, to share with others that which my heart desires will give meaning, stimulation to go beyond existing, to live with purpose!

Creativity Opens Doors

To Climb or Go Around?

Today has been hot outside with temperatures in the upper 90’s.  I think this afternoon as I looked at the temperature, it read 99 degrees.  I am not one to be outside in this heat, so I decided to stay in with the kids.  That’s the time I have to think, of creative things to do indoors.

Creativity, as I’ve been told, is to have that ability or skill to create, the use of my imagination to be productive.  Well, it could be with games, stories, cooking or even reinventing the use of toys.  Creating can help with problem-solving and fixing.  Being creative can be so much fun.  I truly believe everyone possess the gift; that a person’s thoughts and expression of desires and dreams, is developed from being creative.

As I work towards writing, I get many ideas from watching my children and grandchildren while they play, and the suggestion they may make about an item I’m getting ready to put into the trash.  A shoe box can become the hide-a-way for Spiderman, my broken laundry basket aids to a new style of basketball, or an Easter egg with a rock becomes the new rattle for the baby.  The list is undefined and keeps going on and on.

I guess, in my opinion, it could be said that Creativity equals infinite possibilities.  Creativity equals unlimited ideas, indefinite suggestions, boundless experiences that can open several doors in our lifetime.   Doors that are actually NOT shut to our dreams; they just need that creative, magical works of reconstruction, design, and means to reveal the opening.

Passion for Creativity

The Moment

There are times when I would rather be sitting around on a rainy day or sunny, spring day at the beach, reading a book and letting time go by. It’s those moments when the clock is ticking, but savoring the moment has made time pause. A moment escaped into another world when the imagination lets me be a character that’s in love, on an adventure, or fights with passion for what is right.

There are times when I can close my eyes and my imagination takes off into the dreams of what I want to come. That is the times when I can type up a story where I’m communicating with my cat, seeing new worlds, or meeting those unique individuals of mystery.

Finding that passion can bring to life that enthusiasm to get up, create, and desire to move forward with the energy that fuels my eagerness to live.

I am grateful for that inner yearning that burns from within to set new goals. New goals, whatever dreamed, it could be writing, photography, crochet, or hiking but I want it to keep me active both physically and mentally. I have read that walking at least 30 minutes a day, can increase feeling more energetic and lessen health problems. I have also read that reading, or furthering education provides stimulation that enlightens to think, and can reduce the risk of dementia. These factors may be true, but my opinion, when I am doing things that excite me, then I do not have time to worry about the negative things that can bring me down. Down to that state that a sunny day can seem gloomy, and I feel blue.

I have worked in the Social Work field over 25 years and have seen with the experience those that have lost that inner desire to move forward for positive results. I say a prayer and listen. I will have to say that something was said to me that enlightened my understanding. I was told, “Putting down the drugs and alcohol was the easy part, it’s facing that part of life that lead to the blinders and staying sober that’s hard.” I know those demons of the past can be haunting and blinding to the unlimited possibilities of tomorrow. When childhood has not provided that firm foundation it can seem like the construction of life is destructive.

I cannot speak for others, but I can share what works for me. I have tried to view life as spring cleaning, if it has no purpose and it only takes up space, then it is time to discard. There are times, when some memories of the past need to be faced and then discarded. Taking that active role of responsibility will lessen the desire to blame and hold onto unproductive and negative feelings that hinder. It opens the opportunity to create those new memories today that can repair and add stability to the construction to living.

I was once told that ‘Life’ was a basket of choices and what I choose was my decision. If I picked a rotten apple, then it was my decision to drop. If I decided to hold onto the rotten apple, then I had to accept that it could affect the others apples or my future decisions. Learning from the mistakes can be difficult to face, but the lessons have provided a stronger ability to select a more appropriate apple that becomes the gift of apple delights and roots to better apples. It is not easy at times, and it does take energy and the ability to think to make those choices into the life I dream. So, I savor those moments that can add passion for living and focus on the positive to be creative.

Future Opportunity

Open the shutter,

Take a deep breath,

Savor the moment,

Think of the gift.

The gift of choice,

The decision to pursue,

To improve the quality,

The dream of life!

SGW

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