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ON MAKING MISTAKES

ON MAKING MISTAKES

ARGH!  Making a dumb mistake.  Could anything be worse than that?

Making stupid mistakes tends to leave you red-faced and embarrassed.  You trip on an uneven stepping stone because you were running down a muddy path in the dark, and you slip and take a header.

Bunged-up knees, scraped shins, bruises, and assorted bumps and lumps are the prizes that remind you of the dumbness of you.  You already know you’re not supposed to go careening off in the dark, so all you’ve done is validate a fact already known to you.  There is no lesson learned, only one reiterated.  Again.

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CREATIVITY = HANGING WITH POSSIBILITIES

CREATIVITY = HANGING WITH POSSIBILITIES

One of the most fun books I have read recently is Melanie Rothschild’s THE ART OF MISTAKES:  Unexpected Painting Techniques and the Practice of Creative Thinking.

In it she makes a most insightful comment:   “Creativity is not just about art.  Sometimes it has nothing at all to do with art.  Creativity is about how we think, the possibilities we allow into our thinking and our ability to follow through with action.  In just about anything we do, we can think creatively or not.”

And that IS the thing, you know.  Even something as mundane as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be a creative endeavor…or not.

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