Creativity Challenge Day 14

Creativity Challenge 14

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Hug

Did that give you a bit of jolt? A hug is when one person wraps affectionate arms around another individual, an animal, or thing. I often end my emails with a word hug to my friends. Hugs are given to lend support, encouragement, affection, compassion, and yes, love. If you haven’t done it for a while, read what Sherry calls my “Mandate” above. Our world needs hugs. We can do that in so many ways, but especially with words and images. Your task for today is to give the world around you a hug. You can do that in whatever manner you choose. And just so you know, Hugs from Elizabeth to all of you.

Example

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Musical Inspiration:

We Are The World by Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, and friends. They are so young, do you recognize them?

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Creativity Challenge Day 13

Creativity Challenge 13

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Imagination

The very root of all creativity. If we can envision (imagine) it, it is possible. Imagination is a powerful tool. It can and does provide answers to some of our deepest longings, issues, and wishes. Think about the current place our world is in. If you had a single wish for that world, what would it be? What would it look and feel like. Close your eyes and imagine that wish a reality. Then express that wish as though it were real.

Example

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Creativity Challenge Day 12

Creativity Challenge 12

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Diversity

The differences in things. Most things have a flip side, and even an under-belly. Those differences can add strength to the whole, encouraging new ways of understanding and broadening our learning scale. On the other hand, differences can be scary because they threaten our ‘comfort zone’. Take us outside of the norm we are used to being within. It takes courage to step outside of those established places we know and accept. But, if we truly want to grow, we must allow for some level of new information to enter our thoughts and feelings. That’s where diversity in ideas, concepts, skills and ability, as well as people, their cultures, and belief systems come into play. Fear of Other, stunts our growth. How has diversity enriched your life, experience, learning, understanding, and state of being? Does diversity frighten you, or do you see it as a strength? We absorb differences through all of our senses, seeing being only one of them.

Example

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Creativity Challenge Day 11

Creativity Challenge 11

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Writer/Artist

That one who lays down words, or images, who breathes out, from the inside. That one who observes, takes it all in, and then, shows us how it felt, how it looked, even how it smelled and tasted. I’d like you to find one word to define what you have been observing. Then expand on that word and show us those responses that inform your senses, as the writer/artist you are. We are moving toward the personal here. If that makes you too uncomfortable, or feels too subjective, try being completely objective with what you write, or portray with images. I want to see what you see, and feel what you feel.

Example

Burnt Offerings Photograph by Elizabeth Crawford

Burnt Offerings
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Creativity Challenge Day 10

Creativity Challenge 10

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Voice

That which gives us the ability to speak. To say what we hold dear and is of value to us. The means to express our thoughts and beliefs. We write because we have a desire to be heard. But, what of those who can not speak? Those who live in silence because they have no voice? Or those who have silenced themselves because they have no words, or have been silenced by suppression? Which voices do you hear, or pay attention to? Just for today, speak for those who have no voice, who have no means of expressing their fear, let alone their distress. Raise your voice on behalf of those who can not do the same.

Example

Untitled Photograph by Elizabeth Crawford

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Elizabeth Crawford

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Creativity Challenge Day 9

Creativity Challenge 9

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Support

Today, I listened to the story of a woman who traveled to Standing Rock, just to see what it was all about. She stayed on to give her support to the Native People because their protest was not just for their own people, but for the rest of humanity, and to stop the destruction of our planet. She still stands alongside of them, but has also taken to giving candy to the military and police officers who are there to oppose them. She immediately became my hero. To support is to lend one’s own strength to another. To become the foundation upon which others might find rest, comfort, and encouragement. To give what is needed, be that in words, actions, or financially. Each of us owns at least one memory of being supported by others, in order to get through, or even to survive. One act of kindness can make a world of difference. In what way, and how have you experienced support when it was needed? What act of kindness made you stand up straighter, and hope you could one day do the same?

Example

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Creativity Challenge Day 8

Creativity Challenge 8

The Challenge here is to use your creative talent to bring light into the current distress in the world around you, in whatever form that talent takes. Please remember that we are reaching out to a world that is facing upheaval and possibly a great number of changes. Let us reach out to that world and bring it the lessons we have learned by becoming artists and writers.  You may use images, photos, music, poetry, prose, short story fiction, personal essay, or whatever suits you best. I will post one word a day, adding a few of my own thoughts about the word. The rest is up to you. You may post as many times as you like, and may use old or new pieces, as you choose. When you have finished creating your post, return here and leave the URL in the comments section below. Then post it to whatever social media you are involved with. If you are not connected to some form of social media, consider joining one now. If not, say so when you post, and I will attempt to post it on mine, which is Facebook.

Word for Today

Defend

To defend, means to protect someone, something, an opinion, issue, or ideal.  We defend by standing up and stepping between the two opposing parties, and stating our defense of one of those two conflicting elements. That’s a rather frightening thought, isn’t it? But, as I’ve said before, fear is an energy flow, allowing us to run like hell, or stand and face that fear. That may be done in numerous ways. Simplest of all, is the ability to say “NO”. As writers and artists, we have been given a gift to express ourselves in defense of whatever we choose. I believe our world is being threatened on numerous fronts. Now is the time to step up and defend it, or, by remaining silent, aid those who would destroy much of what we have worked to attain in the past. What are you willing to defend? To say “NO” to? And why? How do you see this current conflict? How do you feel about it? And, once again, I would urge you to breathe deeply before expressing that.

Example

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Further reading:

Anything that Senator Elizabeth Warren has said in the last six months.

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