Creative Approaches Enhance Flow
Here’s to 2019 and novel and new ways to approach topics. Moreover, this new year rings in my use of a keyword or phrase for the year. They replace resolutions, because it is easier to focus on a single word or phrase than a laundry lists of musts. shoulds, and oughts. My words are within the title of this blog: grow flow. I like the sing-song rhyming of it. Reminds me of fun terms like flip-flops, chopsticks, and splish-splash. Choose any word or phrase to grow flow. Afterwards, look for approaches with these three steps. First, see the ordinary as extraordinary. Next, squeeze metaphors for more meaning. Finally, notice how these fresh takes create momentum.
Want more information on choosing a word or phrase? Here is a great article by Inc. columnist, Gretchen Ruben: https://www.inc.com/gretchen-rubin/a-fun-take-on-new-years-resolutions-choose-a-one-word-theme-for-2016.html
See the Ordinary as Extraordinary
Gain flow by noticing nature. For example, this morning I saw the crescent moon had a brilliant Jupiter near its edge. They blurred to become a jewel encrusted handle tilted to pour the fluid moonlight from the celestial cup.
Metaphors Bring Out the Subtext
I’m pretty sure Savannah, my elderly Aussie cattledog, did not care about this beautiful metaphor at 5:45am. Yet, I soaked my soul in the streaming image. It went from being a simple cup with a jewel handle to a chalice. The spiritual succor nourished me.
Fresh Takes Create Momentum
Later in the morning, I began using the images in a mixed media collage. The images literally jumped from the sky onto my page. All that’s needed is a fresh take – in this case within a collage – on the beauty of nature.
Bring It Together
Here’s to the first few days of 2019. Find flow in seeing the meanings in combined images. Move to a deeper meaning while consciously taking in the images as a metaphor. Finally, let the authenticity of the images bring greater creative growth in any professional or personal project. May the rewards be stunning!
Interested in learning more about using collage with journal writing to spark creativity? Look into the upcoming four-week online workshop beginning next week with my friend, Suzi Banks Baum. Look here for details: https://www.iwwg.org/online-digital-village/
Here’s to growing your flow,