There was an interview with Alec Baldwin in today’s Melbourne AGE Good Weekend.
He has had an interesting path to where he currently is, you only need to google Mr Balwin to see a glimpse into the bizarre headlines he attracts. However I was particularly drawn to the following part of the interview:
“I’m always intrigued by that,” Baldwin says. Then he ads, “I’m kind of obsessed with it. Like, I could ask you that: “Do you like doing this? Why?”
Too many times, we do things that we don’t have an emotional commitment to, ultimately it shows up in our mental health, and sometimes physical health, unless we find emotional commitment elsewhere in our lives.
I’m a a big proponent of positive thinking and ‘just doing it’ as anybody who knows me will attest. I do believe that there is always a way to move yourself towards doing what you love – it does not always have to be THE way you earn your living for life to be fulfilling. You just have to make sure that the way you earn your living is not sucking the life out of you before you get to go home and do the things that make your heart sing.
I have been truly blessed in my career as I have always had flexible employment when I have needed it, time to develop my passions when I have desired it, and now I just need to kick my own butt more often to schedule time to do more of the things I love. To own more fully what I want…to build my own creative life and help others explore the creative opportunities in theirs.
So, Mr Baldwin….I LOVE doing this! I get the opportunity to make creativity and exploring creativity a priority in my life, and I get the opportunity to work with people and to see that little lightbulb above their heads as they realize that this is a way they can find emotional experience in their own creativity – in whatever form that takes!
My heart gets to sing on a daily basis as I explore, create, teach & write…I am emotionally committed to being a fantast* and I’m loving every minute!
* [fan-tast] noun; a visionary or dreamer.
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I stopped reading newspapers years ago, and stopped watching the nightly news even earlier than that.
Earlier in life I was a financial adviser (I think all those graphs and charts appealed to the visualist in me…) and I felt that it was my responsibility to know what was going on in the world that might effect the performance of the investments that we were recommending for our clients. The only problem was it made me cry myself to sleep on a regular basis.
I decided that I couldn’t possibly ever have children, why would you bring them into a world that was so doomed and so full of hate and badness?
I realised that I could make a choice not to participate in the negativity…the old ‘if it bleeds it leads’ mantras of the news world took their toll on my mental health. I decided that just reading the financial review (which yes, could be scary itself…but in a different way) was enough, and now I restrict myself to the Weekend specialty magazines and supplements and the local papers – usually they are not too much of a downer.
I have had my share of criticism for this strategy – but my argument remains that how is it going to help the world if I know that 10 people were mugged and stabbed and 5 kids were abducted from their beds, and 3 travellers in a lovely overseas destination were kidnaped for ransom and the list goes on. I can’t change the past, I know bad things happen – they always have, and they always will. Whether I know about it or not won’t make a difference to the world. But it will make a difference to me.
I will get an anxiety attack every time my children leave the house, every time my husband or children don’t answer their phones, travel on a train or bus, play in the park, drive a car, go to a nightclub, travel overseas. I simply would not be able to function.
I rely on both the cheerful news bulletins that I hear in the car (though not all that often as I do listen mainly to podcasts…a much more productive use of my brain!) and my husband to tell me the important things I might need to know – funny though most important things find their way through.
It was wonderful to listen to Peter Diamandis’ talk recently at the TED conference and his opening lines (after the dramatic initial 20 seconds of terror headlines) that explain why our brains are geared to focus on the negative news. He goes on to look at the achievements over the last 100 years that we have achieved globally, and with great confidence posits that the next 10 will be amazing!
It is an uplifting watch, and if you can spare the 16 minutes do yourself a favour. But if you can’t just take Peter’s word for it – Abundance is our Future! Over the next 10 years we will see 3 Billion more voices added to the internet, their health will be better than ever, their productivity will be better than ever, their education will be better than ever…these 3 Billion people will bring “Contributions we can’t even predict!”
OMG did you get the enormity of that? “Small teams driven by their passion with a clear focus can do extraordinary things.”
“We are now more empowered as individuals to take on the grand challenges of this planet. We have the tools with this [exponential] technology, we have the passion with this DIY innovator, we have the capital of the philanthropist, and we have 3 Billion new minds coming on line to work with us to solve the grand challenges. To do that which we must do. WE are living into extrordinary decades ahead. Thankyou”
No Peter, thankyou for giving me the hope that the media so greedily took away.
Meet the neurologist who was inspired to retrain as an educator and apply what she knew about the brain and take that to the classroom. Dr Judy Willis on the Science of Learning.
If you don’t have 11 minutes to spare, here are my takeaways.
- The Science of Boredom (1 min 30 sec) – alleviate stress/boredom to deactivate hyperactivity in the amygdala.
- Arouse curiosity (3 min 10 sec)
- Focusing Students’ Attention in the Classroom (4 min 10 sec) – use colour, & props to get engagement and focus.
- The Importance of Creating a Safe Environment (5 min 32 sec) – only the person who thinks, learns. Students must participate, answer questions. Judy uses personal whiteboards for private participation without risk of mistakes.
- Preparing Students for the 21st Century (7 min) – most of what we are teaching now is obsolete by the time they enter workforce! Teach kids executive function – judgment, critical analysis, evaluation, problem solving, risk assessment – not just facts.
- Lessons Learned from Video Games (8 min 52 sec) – very interesting analysis of the progression of learning involved in playing video games and the applications to classroom learning…hmmmm!
As a creative person I LOVE to look through art books and magazines displaying the types of mixed media collage artforms that I love to create myself – in fact until I discovered what are now some of my favourites I did not even know the term ‘mixed media’ existed to explain my desire to add dimension and texture to my art…it is so liberating to see other fabulous works.
As a marketing designer I also relied on books and websites for that little boost of inspiration, a spark from this one, a light bulb from that one…it is great to see an idea formulate with the ingredients of other inspiring work.
I always worried that seeking inspiration from other artists made me less of an original creator. That somehow in borrowing from those more talented than myself that my own work was a pastiche rather than an original.
It was so fabulous and filled with light and colour and patters and such talent.
It was a video that he posted on You Tube of his studio in Thailand that set my heart to fluttering – here is this amazing creative talented artist showing the creation of a gorgeous pattern called the “Tree of Life” that was used on a range of tea cups and saucers….what was that I saw on his work desk? A William Morris book…he talked about how he was inspired by other designs!
It is OK to be inspired by other talents and other designers…Chris said so! Honestly I had one of those moments when I realised that perhaps I was being too hard on myself and it was my negative self talk that was stopping me from creating as much art as I would like to by saying that I had nothing original to contribute. Silly me.
Thanks Chris for the inspiration, and for the gorgeous permission to be inspired.
“Happiness….is something that we decide ourselves. There are alot of reasons to be unhappy but we choose to be happy because it makes us feel alive.”
It was shared by one of my facebook friends, Claire Eaton from Creative Parenting WA.
I loved the look of it and it really made my spirit lift, but it also inspired me. I want to create something like that with my own inspirational quote…hmmmm…to find the perfect words, that is the first step.
I’ll keep you posted…pardon the pun LOL!
In the meantime enjoy this gem – I am sorry but it is not signed and I tried a quick google search but could not find the creator of this wonderful image. So whomever you are…thankyou for the wise words that I think may be attributable to Amanda Morie at Artistry Poetry that you chose to illustrate for us all.