The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
The Creativity Coaching Association continues to grow. We are now over
100 members from around the world, including the US, Canada, France,
Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. We have
over 400 people signed up to this newsletter.
The implication of this is that creativity blossoms everywhere, whether
it's winter in the northern hemisphere or summer in the southern climes.
Creativity makes the world go round and contributes to the joy of life.
Creativity is the key to peace on Earth, and peace in the heart.
CCA wishes you a happy, creative time with your friends, family,
and loved ones in this season.
Rick Benzel, Executive Director
A Creative Linguistic Note
Why Yule is “Pretty Jolly” Time for Everyone
by Etta Mology
Given that it is now December, a month loaded with holidays representing
various religious traditions, my dear friend Etta explained to me the other
day that she has always been fascinated by the evolution of humankind’s
celebrations. She was telling me that many holidays are based on ancient
pagan or early religious celebrations that go back millennia, which over
time have been modified and infused with other meanings and purposes.
Etta said, “Take Yule for example” and I said, “Ok, what
about Yule?” Well, my dear friend Etta explained that the word Yule comes from the Old English word geol which is from the Old Norse word, jol,
which referred to a heathen winter feast of unknown origin. It seems those
old Norse folk sure knew how to have a good time in the cold of winter. There
was also an Anglo-Saxon cognate giuli which referred to the Roman two-month
winter season of December and January, months of many feasts by which to
stay warm and satiated.
As Etta explained, the spread of Christianity eventually incorporated these
Norse and Anglo winter festivals, and soon the Old English word geol came
to refer specifically to the 12-day Feast of the Nativity which began on
December 25. It was not until the 11th century that the word “Christmas” was
substituted for this festival, except in northern England where the Norse
descendants continued to use their old word. However, the word Yule was later
revived in the 19th century to refer to “the Christmas of Merrie England.” And
even today, the Scandinavians use the word Yule for the holiday time.
Meanwhile, Etta also explained that Old French borrowed the Norse word jol as the derivation of the French word joli, originally meaning “festive” and
which evolved into the modern French word meaning “pretty.” Our
English word “jolly” has similar roots.
So Etta says to have yourselves a pretty jolly Yule or Winter Festival —
no matter how you celebrate. But do celebrate the winter solstice with and
feel free to be heathen about it!!!!
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Is Boredom Actually an Avoidance of
Contributed by Barbara Millman Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is boredom an unconscious signal to the writer that she is not doing
her best writing? This idea comes to me from Denise Beck-Clark, writer
and psychotherapist, who feels her boredom is actually the result of
not writing deeply enough.
I understand what she means. There are times when I feel restless
and want to leave the writing. This restlessness is the same as boredom,
a physical reaction to not working at the level I know I need to work.
Rather than dive deeper, I feel the urge to leave and do something
other than the hard work required.
While learning to do psychotherapy, Denise was taught that when the
client says she feels bored, it's a red flag to look for something
else, because there's really no such thing as boredom.
“Being in at least partial agreement with this idea,” Denise
says, “I've asked myself what am I truly experiencing with this
writing?” What she discovers is that she is not going deep enough
into the subject. “I'm not really facing the ultimate question
of what the writing needs. By looking at it this way, I become aware
that what the writing needs is more depth, imagination, and, ultimately,
But why is she, or any writer who experiences this boredom, not going
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of writing as quickly
and superficially as possible, just to get it done. This produces writing
that is not honorable because it’s only a piece of what it could
be,” she says.
This “get it done quickly” explanation makes sense. Though,
I think another reason might be anxiety. For me, the difficulty in
writing during these restless periods stems from knowing the intenseness
of the subject requires a soul-baring effort on my part, which I am
not always ready to reveal in my writing. But without describing the
raw emotions necessary, the writing has little meaning for the reader.
Finding words to portray the exact nuance of that emotion can be excruciating.
Yet, by allowing myself to delve deep, I usually find what I am searching
for and my stories are richer.
So, if you are feeling restless or bored, ask yourself what your writing
requires that you are not supplying. Dive into your imagination. Go
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