Today I have a little story for you – how I got creative and turned a frustrating mini-drama into a very happy ending…
Creativity: a tool for life
Now, as you may know, I am obsessed with the creative process – how to find the time, inspiration and energy for more expression, and how to enjoy more flow and ease as we go along.
Because I love creative people. I have so much admiration for the brave-hearted souls who are facing the bumps and challenges that arise when you answer the call of your art and spirit.
And I know the powerful life-enhancing benefits that arise when you do manage to live the creative life you were meant to enjoy.
So, I’m a big advocate of creative expression – whatever that looks like for each of us.
But did you know that honing your creative skills can make for a happier life, even beyond the writing room or studio?
It can help you with work challenges.
It can help with relationships.
It can help with health issues.
It can even help you with cooking – transforming basic fuel into a delicious experience.
And cultivating a creative response can also help with the little (or big) dramas of life, that seem to be an integral part of our human journey.
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For example, yesterday evening, at about 9pm…
My son was packing his cricket kit in preparation for his first match for his new school.
This was the high-school event he’d been waiting for – a chance to finally shine in his favourite sport.
We were chatting happily about his debut in the morning, until…
He discovered that his cricket trousers – optimistically know as ‘whites’ – had somehow been left in his bag at the end of last season.
This might not have been too bad, had the season finale not been quite so wet.
As you can imagine, chaos ensued.
How to turn a pair of brown trousers white in just a few hours….
Time to get creative. Part I.
After some ‘discussion’, we decided that the offending trousers were a write-off.
Instead of staying up all night to get them clean, we agreed on a simpler option: Mum’s Concierge Service would make an early morning trip to the sports shop and then drop off a new pair at school.
(This seems like an obvious solution in hindsight, but in the heat of bedtime panics, it took quite a long (and noisy) time to find.)
However, this particular Mum Concierge was less than thrilled with the solution, having made other plans for my Friday.
Time to get creative. Part II.
Instead of heading down the (admittedly tempting) path of begrudging frustration, I decided to think about how I could mitigate this annoying drama, maybe even turn it into a good thing.
I got creative.
I took the ‘given’ – a reluctant trip into town – and did all I could to make it a more positive experience.
And I had the best morning!
I walked across the beautiful Harrogate Stray…
I stopped off at my favourite cafe…
I spent very happy 20 minutes in the local bookshop, treating myself to a book I’ve been wanting for a while…
I even acquired a new Tiffany Blue notebook. (Tiffany Blue anything makes me so happy…)
I was enjoying my enforced ‘inconvenience’ so much that I almost forgot to buy cricket trousers.
And as I walked back to the school to deliver the all-important debut-standard whites, I wondered…
How many other mini-dramas could I have turned around, with a more creative approach?
But not to worry, given the roller-coaster of family life, I know I’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice my skills. 😉
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So, I share my mini-epiphany in the hope that it inspires you to cast a creative eye over your next mini-drama.
Imagine if we all got creative with our problems and somehow managed to always find the diamonds in the dustheap…
It may not solve every problem, but I’m sure it would make for a happier planet overall.
Creativity as a route to world peace – and we can begin with all the little hiccups at home.
Let me know if you give it a go!
Wishing you a creative, inspired and drama-free week,