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Navigating Emotion and Creativity

Anne Kreamer points out in It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace the greatest things in life that bring us to happiness “are the things we chose to do.”  It is by recognizing our own power to choose  which helps navigating  how we control and choose to live our own life.

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As we navigate the day-to-day in life we attempt to build our emotional intelligence in order to move forward to accelerate our creative path. It important to recognize that sometimes people will not always get along and  many of us speak in different languages of communication. At the end of the day how you treat people and how you are treated affects the balance of how we feel in the workplace or at home.

It is by bottling up our emotions and not asking the right questions which can lead us to more stress in our lives and stifle creativity. The bottom line is we have the power to choose how we want to live instead of depleting our happiness quota.  The most important tool is to recognize your  own emotions and then move forward learning how to navigate the source of the conflict which may be bringing you down.

Anne Kreamer sums it up perfectly with the advice given to her from Anne Sweeney, the President of Disney/ABC TV on managing creative people “I think emotion is critical to the creation of content. I love people who unabashedly tap into their inner lives, because the people who dig deepest in their personal stories come up with the best things.” It is those things which propel us to be better and create for the joy of happiness.

Just as many bloggers share their inner lives they are at their best because they are able to tap into their emotions and dig deep coming up with thought-provoking posts. The best way for creative types to seek this happiness is to step outside of their surroundings and tap into the environment around them. It is by taking the time to go on a hike with your children, or a photo walk in a city which can lead to inspiration and new ideas leading to greater happiness.

What helps to fill your happiness quota? Is it breaking free from the routine and tapping into your creativity?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga

24 replies

  1. Hmmm. I have a bizarre relationship with my creativity, I think. I don’t tend to get a rush of inspiration from new surroundings or new experiences, or at least not directly. Life with kids requires a certain degree of creative thinking, nevermind the emotional intelligence 🙂 But when I’m waiting for a story to find me, it almost always comes out of a glimpse of something completely banal, and well inside my daily routine. Like a neighbour walking across the street. The sound her boots make, or the thump of her bag on her hip. Stuff I’ve heard I-don’t-even-know-how-many times before. Maybe that’s like your photo-walk, except without the camera 🙂

      1. More distant sounds? Maybe. Sometimes it’s something I see or taste too, though, like a piece I just wrote that grew out of a commercial about coffee creamer that I’d probably seen but not actually paid any attention to dozens of times. I don’t know how to explain it, really. Just all of a sudden something clicks. 😛

    1. You have to take a step back from the desk! Sometimes it is also the worst place to procrastinate just getting a chance to step outside and inhaling the fresh air can make the difference in the outcome of the day.

  2. Doing my own thing makes me happy. Not cow-towing to others… Not blindly agreeing with their ideas of what I should say, do or think. Talking to people makes me happy, having ideas to write about come from those conversations and drawing more people into the conversation.

  3. Interesting question. I don’t know that I have an answer. I have spurts of creativity, but I’ve never figured out what starts them. Sometimes it is thoughts that arise while I’m doing something routine. Other times it’s the novelty of a situation. All I know is that I’m glad that I have that creative gene. It makes life fun.

  4. While I’m doing it, my writing feels like a lighthouse, sturdy and impenetrable. The hard part for me is not losing heart when the demands of life stand between me and my sanctuary.

  5. Yes, that’s exactly it. It explains the “writer’s high” – that powerful rush of endorphins that occurs when you tap into your creative side and churn out a big ol’ dose of prose. It’s exhilarating!

  6. You are so right. Stepping as far outside the circle as we can stretches the boundaries that confine us. Through that process we grow. The trick, I suppose, is not to stretch it too far. I seem to recall quite a few scrapes, bruises and bloody noses obtained this way :>) What odds, they all healed…

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