Why Wednesdays? – Why Creativity Counts #5: It Connects Us

A Note about This Feature: Why Wednesdays is a Move Eat Create weekly feature determined to turn the mid-week doldrums upside down and celebrate things I love to do and blog about. Currently, the focus is on creating and creativity.

I’m an introvert, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like feeling connected to others. I generally seek connections that are meaningful and serve a purpose – connections that provide opportunities for fun, joy, laughter, learning, growing, and so on.

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I make connections in a variety of ways, but I often find that one method of connection that frequently makes itself apparent is through creativity. Something that I find truly exciting about these particular connections is that they cross over so many dimensions. I connect with people living and deceased (I’ll explain more – I’m not talking about séances, here!), people near and far, people young and old, people that I never would have imagined having anything in common with, and I owe it all to a shared sense of creative spirit.

I have connected through creativity in some of the obvious, physical ways – meeting people through a knitting class, a cooking demonstration, or the like – but through more subtle means, as well. The blogosphere is one fantastic means of this, as I’m sure many of you know. The practice of sharing one’s words and images on a blog is most definitely a creative act, and a rewarding one at that. Though I haven’t laid eyes on the writers of the blogs I follow and the readers of my own, I have made connections through shared stories, recipes, and pictures. Though I haven’t shaken your hand or shared a cup of coffee with you, regular readers of this blog likely know me better than those who share an office space with me for 40 hours a week.

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I’ve been pleasantly surprised when I read another’s writing, feel touched by it, and then read more about the person to discover they are of a different generation, nationality, political affiliation, gender, and so on. It reminds me that (regardless of differences and perceived barriers) a mutual interest, an inspired spirit, and willingness to share them both can connect even the most opposite of individuals.

Some of the most interesting connections to me are those to the past – to those I never had an opportunity to know or communicate with

Eve by Rodin

directly, but to whom I feel connected through the creative products they have left behind. A great example of this occurred recently. I had the opportunity to visit the Detroit Institute of the Arts. As I wandered through the museum, I was moved by various pieces of art. One piece in particular, ‘Eve’ by Rodin, really struck a cord with me. Standing still and quiet with that piece, I felt connected to the history of it, to the feeling that it conveyed which seemed still as relevant now as it was decades ago. That one piece, born out of a sense of creative energy by a single person has likely impacted thousands of others. How amazing is that?!

Creative acts may be fleeting or lasting, but either way, they are an incredible tool for connection. I’ll never forget the feeling that Rodin’s piece brought me. Or the memory of my grandmother patiently teaching me how to sew a stitch carefully. Or the childhood excitement I shared with others over stories that fostered my imagination. Or the sense of understanding I feel when I listen to certain music. The energy that goes into a creative process doesn’t stop when an end product is complete. It moves on, linking people and making connections that, so often, the creator never even thought possible. If that’s not important, I’m not quite sure what is.

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Previous Entries in This Series:

Why Creativity Counts #4: It’s Handy When You’re Cheap and Broke Frugal

Why Creativity Counts #3: Self-Sufficiency

Why Creativity Counts #2: It Makes You Smarter

Why Creativity Counts #1: Because It’s So Much More Than You May Think

A Big Thank You and Lots of Blog-Love

I am thrilled to say that Laura over at Cook to Love nominated this here blog for the Sunshine Award!  I’d like to give a big thanks to Laura (who has great things going on over at her own blog, by the way).  I’m still somewhat new to the blogging community and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome I have received from so many of you!

As a recipient of the Sunshine Award, there are a few guidelines to follow.  Recipients are asked to provide a link to the blogger who made the nomination (see above), nominate 10 other bloggers, and answer a few questions about myself.  Below you will find both the completed questionnaire and the fellow bloggers I have nominated.

Happy Weekend!

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10 Questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

This is tough, as I don’t know that I have a single favorite.  I love wise progressive, feminist minds such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Wollstonecraft and Judith Butler.  I’m also a fan of Foucault.

2. What is your favorite number?

I don’t have one.  Truly.

3. What is your favorite animal?

Cats.  All kinds of them, but specifically these two:

Grady

Eliza

                                                                                                                                                

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

I don’t tweet and I have only a personal Facebook page.  If you’re interested in it, just let me know.

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Dinner time.  Actually sitting down at a table to enjoy food and company is a semi-short, but much welcome break from the busyness of a normal day for me.

6. What was your favorite holiday?

Before Mr. Move Eat Create and I moved to Portland, we came up to visit and make sure it’s where we wanted to be.  The instant feeling of belonging and ardor that I felt for the city was fantastic.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?

Running.  Clearly.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Coffee.  Strong, black coffee.

9. What is your favorite flower?

I change my flower love on a whim.  On any given day, I’m in love with whatever is at the farmer’s market or outside of New Season’s Market.

10. What is your passion?

Learning.  In whatever form it takes – formal education, reading an article, chatting with someone about interesting topics – I never want to stop learning.

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And, the nominations go to . . . . .

veggiereader

domesticities

Emily Cooks Vegan

Andrea’s Garden Cooking

The New Pioneers

Tenacious Dee

on the lam(b)

Plant Based Diet Adventures

Health on the Run

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