Welcome to the November/December issue of Creativity Calling!
We call it "the holiday season" here in the USA, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day! Many love "the holidays" but some have reasons they dread it. Number me with those who appreciate opportunities to share genuine heart connections with people all year long, so that's where I place my focus during the holidays. As creative souls, it's always fun to find unique ways of expressing one's feelings outside the box.
This month, I've enjoyed reading the articles written by the CCA coaches. Both Lynn Wyvill and Dominique Chlup have addressed the subjects of falling off of the creative wagon and re-engaging, as well as facing a new year with expectations of creative greatness following a spell of adverse circumstances. Certainly it is always helpful to look at challenges from different perspectives---and to be able to learn, re-frame, move on and grow. In taking a negative situation and turning the energy around to benefit us, we help others and ourselves. The Dalai Lama says, to experience understanding, help another to understand; to experience peace, help another to experience peace. In essence, whatever you want for yourself, help another to experience it and you will have it as well. This kind of giving is divine!
I've added within the newsletter a few of my favorite quotes to help spread the love during this time of year, and Carrie Worthington shares her thoughts on raising our "gratitude quota" year-round. Congratulations go out to Carrie for becoming the newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach!
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With much love & thankfulness!
November/December 2016 Newsletter
President & CEO
Creativity Coaching Association
In this issue:
- Give Thanks for Creativity, by Lynn Wyvill
- Finding the Joy of the Season, by Dominique T. Chlup
- Inspiring Words: A compilation by Bev Down
- Congratulations to Carrie Worthington, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
- Gratitude Quota, by Carrie Worthington
- New CCA Creativity Coaching Certification Courses Starting Soon!
- Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
Travel Give Thanks for Creativity
by Lynn Wyvill
I haven't been able to write on a regular basis for most of this year. Moving from a home where I had lived for over 30 years, along with some family obligations, made it hard to make time for creative work. I missed that consistency with my writing a lot.
So a few months ago, I picked up my pen and started writing at least several times a week. It seemed like riding a bicycle. It's said that no matter how long it's been, you never forget how to ride. My writing wheels felt a bit rusty at first, and my tires seemed slightly deflated. I wobbled a lot. But, I kept going.
I had missed the reach for the word or phrase to capture the sunrise, the woolly caterpillar's trek across a dirt path, the way the sun filters through pine trees and the sound of rain beating on the roof.
We can get sidetracked with other obligations and find it difficult to make time for our creative work. We can get frustrated when ideas don't come easily, or they don't turn out as planned. But all that is temporary.
Think of the times when our efforts make us proud. We try something different and succeed, or we learn something new. And wow, that feeling when we pick ourselves up after a perceived failure and keep going.
Our creativity can exhilarate us. It can send us to sleep content, or it can keep us awake with lots of cool ideas swirling through our heads that we can't wait to try.
Where would we be without our creative spirit that expresses itself in words, pictures, music or any other way that we choose? How else would we express joy, sadness, wonder and delight? Throwing ourselves into our creative pursuits keeps us young. It engages all our senses. It helps us connect with the world around us.
I'm grateful that creativity never disappears. Sometimes it just rests for a while. We come back with renewed energy, insight and resolve. It's never too late to start a new creative project, or pick up where we left off, no matter how long it's been.
~ Lynn Wyvill, a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, is a writer and improviser. Her 2017 goal is to continue to write and pursue new creative pursuits on a regular basis. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Finding the Joy of the Season
by Dominique T. Chlup
For many of us, this season comes with a sense of expectations. The expectations of giving thanks, reflecting with gratitude on the past year, looking to the coming year with the anticipation of committing to our creativity and our creative projects with new resolve.
But what about the years when it has been tough and hope, joy, optimism, resiliency, and creativity all seem fleeting? What about the years when you've been torn apart by grief, tragedy, or the unthinkable happening?
Yes, even the most creative of us have those types of years. How then can you approach this season?
What if instead of approaching this time of year with the same old traditions of saying "good-bye" to one year and "hello" to another, you went forward in an easy manner that only required you to do one thing... What if you allowed yourself to be of the mindset that whatever comes your way, you will find the joy there? How about this coming season you accept the challenge and the promise for finding the joy in joyless places?
Poet Mark Nepo teaches us, "In very real ways, we're drawn to what we need to learn." If this is true, then the years when we feel we've hit rock bottom aren't such a bad place to be. When we can root in the bottom of things, it opens us up to choose and experience the splendor of a new path. It's like a slingshot. Sometimes we have to be pulled very far backwards to then arc into a beautiful trajectory, effortlessly propelling us into our highest futures.
With this approach, on the days when life gets tough, making your creativity seem elusive, bravely ask, "How can I see this differently? How can I find the joy here?" Be willing to affirm for yourself that your future holds something far greater than your past. In this way, whatever comes, whatever the future may hold, there will be joy this season and the space will be opened for your creative greatness.
~ Dr. Dominique T. Chlup is an Artist, Writer, and a tenured University professor turned Creativity and Writing Coach completing her CCA Coaching Certification. As the President, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of the coaching and consulting company Inspiring the Creative Within®, LLC, she welcomes connecting with all creative types through email firstname.lastname@example.org and at http://www.inspiringthecreativewithin.com.
A compilation by Bev Down
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life
~ Derek Walcott
"Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles."
~ Samuel Smiles
"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of Life."
~ Enil Brummer
You are worth celebrating
You are worth everything - You are unique
In all the world there is only one
with your talent---experience and gifts
God created only one you
You have unlimited potential
to love---to care---to create---to grow---to sacrifice
if you believe in yourself
It doesn't matter your age---color
or whether your parents loved you or not
maybe they wanted to but couldn't
Let that go---It belongs to the past
You belong to the now
It doesn't matter what you have been
the wrong you've done---the mistakes you've made
the people you've hurt
You are forgiven---You are accepted---You are okay
You are loved---in spite of everything
So love yourself and flourish the seeds within you
Begin now---Start anew
Give yourself a new birth---today
You are you and that is all you need to be You are temporary---here today---gone tomorrow
But today---today can be a new beginning a new thing ---a new life
You cannot deserve this new life
It is given freely
This is the miracle called God
So celebrate the miracle and
~ Author Unknown
Congratulations to Carrie Worthington,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
by Carrie Worthington
The holidays nudge our thoughts towards the concept of gratitude. However, this awareness is often not enough to stretch it across the months of the year.That lack of consistency can make holiday acknowledgements of gratitude feel a bit foreign and odd because, quite frankly, we are out of practice!
Many have written about the benefits of gratitude. Research shows its positive impact on our overall sense of happiness. I invite you to do your own investigations. Dare I say... You'll be grateful for the information!
Here are 3 suggestions to bring gratitude and its benefits into your life. Perhaps they will inspire you to up your gratitude quota in the coming months.
1) Altar Your Day! On a small table or shelf, in your home or studio, place some treasures. A picture of a loved one, a treasured thimble from your grandmother, some shells from an amazing beach, for example. As you pass by this home altar, put your consciousness towards these items. Use this home altar as a tool to evoke gratitude and grounding.
2) Notice the Need! As creatives, we often live in our own heads. Remember to notice the need, or opportunity, for a "Thank You." Saying "thank you" to others and the universe opens you up to more abundance! What opportunities are you overlooking to infuse a little gratitude and the positivity it promotes?
3) Feel It When You Say It! Saying the words "Thank You" and feeling the words are two very different experiences, with different energetic outcomes. Strive to feel the words. It is helpful to physically anchor yourself in the words to really feel it. Do that by, reaching out and putting your hand on the person's arm, hug them, write a physical "Thank You" note, or get down on your knees to activate the emotional element. With practice, you will develop a moment of awareness that accompanies your words of gratitude. Make a conscious effort to imbue each "Thank you" with the positive energy that it deserves.
"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Carrie Worthington is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach who empowers people to recognize, create and claim the artistic life they desire and deserve. Visit her website at www.myartfulpursuits.com
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