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Posted this previously, but it’s still the best shot I took this month. Good times for P-Nut the cat and Tasha the dog…
Welcome, my friend…
“Hot town, summer in the city.
Back o’ my neck getting dirty and gritty…”
(A little Lovin’ Spoonful to open the June issue of The Drewsletter…)
It fits, because after a bona fide spring full of cool weather, we’ve hit the wall here in the Northeastern United States. I’ve been in full summer mode, pulling the shades and hiding underground until the waves pass.
Speaking of waves (note the segue), I’ll be hitting them this weekend! Heading to Cape Cod for a little R & R. Will see if my boogie boarding skills, honed in Costa Rica, translate to the chilly Atlantic.
Thank you for reading this month’s newsletter, THE CRE8VINU and you are most welcome to share your thoughts!
If you were to visit my parent’s house in the mid-1970’s and sauntered over to the refrigerator to pull out a cold Tab, it’s a good bet that you would have noticed the pencil-sketch of a dragon on full display, hanging by a magnet.
The artist was a curly-haired boy who wanted to offer his mom something for Mother’s Day. Despite my dubious assumption that my mother was into dragons as much as I was, she appreciated my gift. In fact, she seemed to think that I had real talent, stating several times that she “could never draw like that in a million years…”
While I was proud of my work and pleased by her faith in my abilities, I knew better. My dragon reflected persistence and patience, but not artistic prowess or original thought. I had been flipping through one of my drawing books, spotted a cool picture, and simply copied what I saw on the page.
No, I was no artist. I was not creative. I was just clever enough to find good things to reproduce. Looking back, this way of thinking persisted into my adolescence and far into my adulthood. During high school as I pondered my future, I believed that the world was divided into two groups: Creative Types and Practical Types.
And where did I belong? There was little question…
I did not sing. I certainly did not dance. My favorite experience playing the cello was the day I quit. I could not draw. I could not paint. I was not a thespian. I preferred to spend my time thinking than working with my hands. No, while I appreciated the Creatives, clearly, I was not one of them.
Seeing myself as a Practical Type led me to set my sights on a respectable career in engineering. However, once entrenched in college-level chemistry and calculus, I quickly discovered that I was not necessarily the linear thinker I considered myself to be. Soon after, I found psychology and embraced my life-long fascination of people, relationships, and behavior.
However, even in the face of this new evidence, I still maintained the belief adopted in my youth – that one was either Creative or Practical; that creative was a synonym for artistic. Years later, having become aware of my faulty thinking and sharing my insight with many people, I discovered that it’s common for us to forsake the Creative Nature that exists in all us.
The greater truth is that everyone is creative. Yes, this means you. You ARE creative.
In fact, if you’re ever sitting on a barstool, contemplating the meaning of life with the person next to you, I’ll save you the time and the cost of another round by giving you the answer: The purpose of your being here is to immerse yourself in the experience of creating and reveling in the delight of being a Creator.
The form of your creation matters little and will most likely evolve over time. Some people are creative in business, some in bull riding. Others in acting, building, writing, accounting, relationships, fishing, cooking, making people laugh, arguing, gardening, training dogs, surfing, fixing cars, computer programming, designing shoes, advertising… the list is as large as your imagination.
What really matters is that you begin to embrace, recognize, and respect your Creative Nature.
Not sure where it is? Look to that which fills your heart with inspiration, excitement, satisfaction, and joy. If you do not see it, chances are the people around you do. It’s there, I promise you.
Look. Allow. Notice.
Why is this important?
Because there are consequences of brushing aside your Creative Nature. By ignoring your passions or failing to see yourself as the Creator of your experiences, you relinquish the true source of your power, you hand over the key that unlocks your well-being, and you allow the Circumstances of Life do the creating for you.
Again, the question is not whether you are creative or not. You are.
The real question is this: What are you creating today?
After writing this, I went to my basement and within two minutes (to my great surprise), I found the original, torn and stained. According to the left bottom corner, my Dad owed me a buck for something or other.
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Call or e-mail with questions.
But if you’re ready to get out there, let’s do it…
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>>> BOOKS <<<
- Still reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. After the first 25 pages, I put this book down and found myself reading lighter material before sleep (the book is set in dark, post-apocalyptic world). But I pushed through, and have gotten into the rhythm of the writing. I’m still not sure if I like it, but my appreciation grows. Need a book for the beach.
>>> MOVIES <<<
- Michael Clayton – As I was writing this review, my friend Paul sent me an e-mail saying the office scenes were filmed in his new workplace. He also said he and his wife did not much care for this movie. Gotta disagree with him, as I thoroughly enjoyed this film precisely because it was different. I found it engaging, mostly because I could not predict what was going to happen and thought Mr. Clooney did a fine acting job. A-
- The Wire (Season 2) – A police drama worth your time. A
- Planet Earth series – This National Geographic-style series of documentaries will restore your faith in just what a beautiful, magnificent place Planet Earth really is. (It ain’t hard to forget that sometimes.) Outstanding, Fabulous. Magnificent. A+ Buy it now. I beseech you.
- Dan in Real Life – A couple people asked me if I had seen this movie. The funny thing was that when I answered that I had not, they just replied, “Oh.” That was it. They did not recommend it or pan it, and the conversation moved on. After seeing the film, I think I understand why. The movie was quite enjoyable and furthered my notion that Steve Carrell is now taking all of Jim Carrey’s best roles, but was not wildly remarkable. Just really pleasant. I’d say check it out. B+
- Into the Wild – Read this book years ago when it first came out, a compelling story by a gifted writer. On my trip to Alaska a decade ago, I even found myself at the access road to the bus where McCandless made his vision a reality. I read mixed things about this film — it was too long and uneven — and maybe it was. But, for me, Sean Penn tapped into that primal desire for freedom and beauty deeply enough to sell me on this film. There’s a scene where Alex is alone (of course), just watching some caribou up close, in the wild, and tears well up in his eyes at the simple beauty of it. In that scene, I felt I understood what motivated this young man. I could relate even though I have no desire to live alone in an abandoned school bus. Finally, Hal Holbrook’s character was a dead ringer for my Dad in looks and mannerisms. Wonderfully eerie. B+
- For a better (and Alaskan insiders view), check out my brother’s review here. Don’t miss his friend Ed’s link at the bottom of the post!
>>> RANDOM NEURAL FIRINGS <<<
- Cooking a steak on the grill? Make the okay sign with your thumb and index finger. Poke the base of your thumb. That’s what rare steak feels like. Using an okay sign with the middle finger will give you the feel of medium-rare, and so on. (lifted from Esquire)
- Ed McMahon is not the face of the U.S. mortgage crisis. I feel for the guy, but please…
- Seth Godin nailed it with this post regarding your finances.
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