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A Journey of Discovery

A very happy New Year to all: may 2007 be a year of creative adventure and discovery! 

Creativity News
Although I have a few articles in print, I’m really excited to have my first Creativity article being published. Keep a look out for “The Creative Route to your Authentic Self” in the February issue of Renaissance Magazine – and many thanks to editor Caroline Chaplin, who produces a quality publication that just keeps getting better! 

A Journey of Discovery
As we face a new year with new commitments and resolutions, its easy to give up and become disillusioned. Where creativity is concerned, success is about the process, not the product – the creative process has so many benefits that focusing on how people receive the ‘final’ product just doesn’t do it justice. While we explore, we rediscover our existing abilities, learn new techniques, encounter our boundaries, and find ways through, over and around them to a whole new world of discovery. Although you may well create a masterpiece along the way, what it looks like in the end really isn’t that important when it comes to that!

Creativity Quotes…
Thomas Edison has a few quotes about the exploration phase that I quite like – here are two that really stick:
– I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. – Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.  

Some thoughts on perseverance …
“But I don’t even know how to do it!”
When you embark on something new it’s almost guaranteed that the first two or three attempts you make won’t work – like my Christmas wheat-free pancakes. A good tip is to give yourself one or two ‘trial runs’ to work out the kinks. What you learn along the way is how much you do already know, as well as exactly what you don’t, so you know who to call for help (my sister: she makes the perfect pancake – turns out my only problem after a few goes was using too much oil).

“But I can’t ____” or “I don’t have everything I need” 
If you’ve ever watched children playing games, you might have noticed how there’s almost always something missing from their gear or skill levels, but instead of letting their limitations ruin the game, they make it up as they go along. You may not have a precision cutter or be able to eat wheat, but don’t let that get in the way of an opportunity to discover the aesthetics of a torn edge or the fun of trying new recipes.

However you plan to start your new year, may it offer you the opportunity to experience the fulfillment and reward of new and exciting challenges…