New Year’s Resolution #1- Exercise Your Creativity

2 Jan

Last year around this time I read with interest a New York times article written by John Tierney about New Year’s resolutions.  On an optimistic note he said,

“Whatever you hope for this year you are more likely to make improvements than someone who hasn’t made a formal resolution.  You are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with identical goals.  If you make it through January, you have a good chance of lasting a lot longer.”

Adopting a more pessimistic tone, however, he suggested,

“Most people are not going to keep their resolutions all year long.  They start out with the best of intentions, expecting they will find the willpower to succeed.  By the end of January a third will have broken their resolutions; by July more than half will have lapsed.”

Tierney went on to say, however, that perhaps we should consider the kind of resolutions to make.  Perhaps not making too many resolutions requiring strict adherence to resisting temptation (i.e. I vow not to eat Krispie Kream donuts in 2013).

I agree.  I think we should consider the kind of resolution to make.  Be brave. Lose the beige aspires to inspire and encourage Lady Boomers to discover their own colorful spirits. Is running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do list really what life is all about? Lady Boomers! This is a clarion call to resolve this new year to imbue your lives with more creativity and fun. Infusing your life with more playfulness and creativity does not require significant or major life changes. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting suggestions for you to consider incorporating into your lives throughout the next year. The following is the first of 10:

Resolution Number 1- Try exercising your creativity-

As adults we have come to recognize the validity of exercising our bodies. Working out at the Y, power walking, skiing or swimming contributes to our health and wellbeing. (There is even a book entitled, “Younger Next Year” which promotes daily exercise as a ticket to the Fountain of Youth) Further, exercising our minds is a value our society promotes. We take classes, read literature and news magazines, do crossword puzzles or Sudoku. But somehow once we get past the age of ten we generally start paying less attention to our creative muscles. And, just like our physical muscles that fail to be engaged, so can our creative muscles begin to atrophy. So..resolve to engage your creative muscles this year. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, some of which include (but are certainly not limited to):

-plant a swath of backyard dirt with a garden filled with colorful flowers or aromatic herbs

-dust off your guitar or piano keys and take lessons

-try collaging a few family photographs

-take a pottery class..clay is a wonderful teacher, it comes from the ground and grounds those who touch it. After all, it’s not the pots you are shaping but yourself.

So go ahead and flex those creative muscles. They will definitely get stronger and more defined.

clay sculpture of an "exercising" artist's pallet

Exercise Your Creativity

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