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From A Writer’s Year by Sally J. Walker

August 25

“The Creative’s Magical World”

I do not believe it is fair to stereotype Creatives as “ditzy people.” However, that seems to be the mindset of the majority of the left-brain, scientific purists of the “real world.” (You DID note the sarcasm, didn’t you?)

The portion of the population who are devout Creatives are as diverse a cross-section of humanity as any other segment. Some are clueless while others are intensely pragmatic. Some are anal and by-the-numbers while others would rather slit their throats than follow guidelines. The majority of Creatives I have come to know on a deeply personal basis are observant, sincere in their desire to “connect” with their audience, and desirous of some sort of validation. And even in those three areas, my Creatives have demonstrated varying levels of intensity and caring, of expertise and awareness. ALL are constantly striving to do better.

Here’s the magic: Where the left-brain people require logic, proof and predictability as they live life, Creatives allow their minds to JUMP beyond those restrictions to the realm of possibilities. In that state of revelation, Creatives experience a type of euphoria that is so intense and consuming that it is addictive. We NEED to feel that again and again and will go to great lengths to reach that mental state. Creating ANYTHING is a stimulant beyond the wildest conjectures of the left-brain people.

I am certainly NOT “anti-Spock,” for the world needs these workers to function in all its complexities. What I want is for those “Spocks” to accept that we Creatives balance them out and make this life a never-ending adventure of possibilities. Yes, that does give us a hint of egotistical aspiration and, yes, we communicate on a level foreign to your reality base. Get over it! We have a kind of happiness you cannot even dream of!

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Patience is a Virtue

From A Writers’s Year by Sally J. Walker

August 18

“Patience is a Virtue”

We are a society living in the fast lane expecting immediate gratification. Examples abound on a daily basis: the seduction of advertising that creates an overpowering desire for a product or service, high-speed travel modes that invariably encounter frustrating delays, illness or injury that is perceived as emergent because of discomfort but in reality is merely an urgent condition far from life-threatening, reconstruction of accident or natural disaster damage, even financial institutions and money transfers. From manufacturing to promises of faster learning techniques, we want what we want NOW!

Remember the saying “Patience is a virtue.” Trite? Hardly. All that “fast lane” stuff is directly related to the stress of frustration, the loss of patience. In my opinion, the only way to combat frustration is to close the eyes, deep breathe and RETHINK process and priority. Those moments of gaining realistic perspective will lead to —Tah-Dah—patience.

When I am in this mode the first question I ask is “What can I do to change what is happening?” If nothing comes to mind, I let go of the frustration a little bit. The second question I ask is “What can I realistically do to cope with what is happening?” This is the moment I slip into my “What if” mode and logically consider my options. My frustrations have slipped further away. Finally, if I am out of options, I ask “How can I best endure and learn from this?” This is the point of optimal patience. This is not surrender, merely an acceptance of reality.

I have found that teaching this logical pacing toward patience is VITAL to raising children. Arguments with a two-year-old are worthless UNLESS you get the toddler’s attention and make him or her THINK. The one frustration the road to patience can NOT avoid or smooth over is the choice to ignore everyone and everything else for one’s selfish determination. Then the two questions that will demand answers are “What price are you willing to pay for gratification?” and “What reality must you face?”

Patience is a learned virtue and the lessons are mostly difficult, precious and memorable.

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