Enough to keep you – Enraptured.

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Tomorrow TEDxCalgary is doing a day of TED Talks.
Essentially, talks that are though provoking and delve deeply into various topics.
Apparently TEDxCalgary is different from TEDxYYC. I have no idea what the difference is. But TEDxYYC is hosting a TED talk in Calgary though tickets are $100. I don’t really have that much money lying around.
But, there is a day of TED Talks at the Central Library tomorrow for those who want to watch the live broadcast. Cool idea. For those graced with working downtown.
As for those of us who don’t work downtown, there are still TED Talks on the internet.
I’d love to really get into the ones that are worth my time, (because let’s be honest, not ALL of the pertinent topics are of interest to everyone)
So I started browsing with what I care about. So under theme, I looked up art, specifically creativity.
Because lately, I’ve been wondering what fosters creativity and what needs to happen for creativity to take place. I haven’t painted in a really long time. About a year. And the last time I did it was under pressure of putting something in an auction. I stressed about it, didn’t like it in the end and was disappointed that it didn’t make much money. I haven’t painted since.
I’d like to pick it up again. But I need to feel inspired and get into a creative space. I feel that creative space has to be a focus, so I don’t think I can paint now, when I’m trying to write and work and jump start my career. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I can BE creative in those little pockets of time that I have to spare.
So this posting is from watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk on Nurturing Creativity.
The author of the wildly successful book Eat, Pray, Love. I only got through past the Pray part.
It isn’t a success because it is a book that is written well. There are plenty of books out there that make greater use of language. I think it’s a success because it deals with an issue that a lot of women can relate to and not a lot of people talk about. It is deeply personal. And I could only drag myself through to the second part.
But I’ll give her talk a try. And see what I can learn.
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I like her idea of not having so much pressure and giving that burden to something else.
Just show up and that other should as well.
It’s nice. And it’s so true. Our notion that creativity and suffering are inherently linked and that is not treating us well and we should abandon that idea. Just being rid of all that anxiety would make the world an easier place as a creative person, even if you don’t make millions doing it. If we practiced that idea, would we be able to foster creativity and value it for what it is? Without the incredible emotional risk that Gilbert talks about? Is that possible?

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