Laughter Leads to Greater Creativity
My first formal photo shoot for my company ended in laughter. It was stressful to strike the power poses, looking intellectual and approachable all at the same time. My photographer, the talented Jennifer White of Acacia Studios, remembered that I had an upcoming speech. It was at a women’s club during their annual tea. She rustled up a tea cup and saucer and got me laughing. We ended up using this photo in the promotional materials, because it was fun and authentic and, well, silly.
Jen travels widely for her work. If you are interested in knowing more about her studio, look here:
Learn One Good (Clean) Joke
When our youngest daughter was a preschooler, she entertained my husband and I – and anyone else who would listen – with her favorite joke. And, the groaner went like this: A mushroom walks into a bar. The bartender said, Hey get out of here! The mushroom said, Why? I’m a fungi! And, she always added: Get it, Mommy, a FUN GUY! emphasizing her point with her small hands holding one word, then the other in the air above her head. Fast forward a few decades and she is STILL telling jokes. I think one of the reasons she is successful as a fine artist is due to her playfulness. Want to see more of her paintings and sketches? Look here: https://coloredbycass.com/
How can you lighten up and find pleasure around you? Laughter is often found in the free association of words and images. Try this: find a silly illustration online, in a book, or a magazine. Then, write a limerick around the image. And, if you are going to share the poem, try to keep it PG-13. The point is to try something funny, then see where the mirth bubbles up. Just go with the flow!
Here’s to growing your flow,