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Creative Thinking Challenge #21

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. I post prompts on the 1st and 15th of the month.

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt: All About Energy

I enjoy reading books on creativity and creative thinking …

I probably have too many …

But I just started reading another one …

It is by Mary Beth Maziarz …

And the first chapter called “All About Energy” starts off with this quote:

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy,

a quickening that is translated through you into

action, and because 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 will be lost.

                                                                    ~Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Energy …

Creative Energy …

Energy is something I feel like I have been lacking recently … I have just felt like there is way too much going on.

I think that is where doing something, even something little, involving creative energy can help …

Or at least it helped me last week!

I helped with three days of training last week

I know that doesn’t sound very exciting or creative but I am getting to it …

Since the teachers did not all know each other and the presenters wanted to be able to call participants by name, there were name tags by the sign-in sheet.

Most people don’t enjoy wearing or creating nametags.

I took that on as a challenge …

And I am not sure that I (or anyone else) really recognized that but that is what it turned out to be!

There were several color of markers for people to choose from and I simply offered to make nametags …

I used some creative lettering techniques that I picked up over the years …

And it turned out to be a fun experience …

It was an action that did not require too much thought …

It was an action that allowed me to play with colors …

And it was an action that tended to cause smiles!

That little burst of creative energy started the day off right for me …

And it set a postitive tone for the day for others!

What is something you can do to get the creative energy going?

It does not have to be something big …

Mine was making nametags ..

For some it could be writing, drawing, singing, walking, dancing …

Who knows!

But releasing some creative energy will probably help you feel better!

It did for me!


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