Wednesday Inspirations: The Creative Life

For today’s Wednesday Inspiration I’m looking to people who know what’s up about what, for me, this year is all about: getting my creative groove back. Need some inspiration about the art of creating? I always do!

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.” -Oscar Wilde

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense” – Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” – Nietzsche

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”  — Martha Graham

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” Nikos Kazantzakis

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” -Stella Adler

“In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.” -Anaïs Nin

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Wednesday Inspirations

Happy Wednesday, friends! Confession time: I’ve nothing of import or interest to say at all. So, on this rainy (at least in NY) hump day, let’s take an opportunity to recharge a little bit together, shall we? Here are some thoughts from the minds that inspire me most, because like Claire Danes (Angela) said on My So-Called Life, (don’t judge me, that was a good show) “Someone always says it better than me.”

“(Come in under the shadow of this red rock), And I will show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you or your shadow at evening rising to meet you.” -T.S. Eliot

“Bigger questions, questions with more than one answer, questions without an answer are harder to cope with than silence. Once asked they do not evaporate and leave the mind to its serener musings. Once asked the gain dimention and texture, trip you on the stairs, wake you at night-time. A black hole sucks up its surroundings and even light never escapes. Better then to ask no questions? Better then to be a contented pig than an unhappy Socrates? Since factory farming is tougher on pigs than it is on philosophers I’ll take a chance.” -Jeanette Winterson

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” -Kahlil Gibran

“I crave white on white on black but my thoughts race in glorious technicolor, prodding me awake, whipping away the warm blanket of invisibility every time it swears to smother my mind in nothing.” -Sarah Kane

“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.” -James Baldwin

“But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively from his own existence.” -Rilke

Don’t we all feel a little bit more inspired? Well, I do. A little. Happy hump day, ya’ll.

This Time Last Year

Yesterday my absolutely stellar human being of a wife took a personal day from work so she could stay home and spend the say with River, thusly giving me a day off from Mommy-ing!  I don’t want to sound like I was so excited to get away from my kid for the day because that’s terrible, but between you and me, internet…I was pretty excited. I had a lovely lunch with a friend, picked up a kitchen blow torch at Bed Bath and Beyond (creme brûlée, here I come) and stopped by a few of my favorite libraries and bookstores. On my travels in the wilds of the Upper West Side of Manhattan I picked up a book called 642 Things to Write About. It’s full of a bunch of (642, to be exact) prompts to write about, some silly, some serious, some requiring many pages, some just three to four sentence snippets. I would normally pick up something like this, leaf through it and put it back thinking, “Who am I kidding, I’ll never actually have time to do anything like that!” But friends, 2013 is not the year for that. 2013 is a year of doing something creative everyday, of reminding myself that I am a creative person and I can and WILL make time for at least one small thing a day. So I bought it and rushed home to start writing didn’t look at it for the rest of the day.

Anyway, today I opened it up thinking it might make a good start for a blog post and the first prompt was “What were you doing this time last year?” Sunday, January 15, 2012…River was 8 months old and had just started to crawl proficiently and pull himself up on pieces of furniture and I remember being so frazzled that he was a mobile creature (sidebar: if I would have known how much more difficult to keep up with and generally death-defying this mobile baby thing would get when he was running like a maniac as he is now, one year from then, I would have slapped my own face and told myself to get over it.) Not remembering any specifics I went to Facebook and iPhoto to check it out and was pleased to find we had spent the weekend with River’s Grandma and Nina here at our house. After a weekend of playing with him, cooking, eating and laughing, they took off heading back to Pennsylvania a year ago today and we headed off to brunch with our Astoria family at our favorite brunch spot in the neighborhood. It’s a pretty awesome thing to think about a time that feels like so long ago to me and know that we were doing the same things that we love to fill a Sunday now.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

What about you guys, can you remember (or locate) what you were doing at this time last year?