© 2009 Lynsey

056 – Creative tension

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self. — Erich Fromm

We’ve caught up with a few friends and family over the last few days and the discussion inevitably turns to Fresh New Day. Well, we have nothing else important to talk about, seeing as days occupy us. The questions that seem to come up most frequently are “How are you managing to come up with new things?” and “How do you manage to find the time?”.

It’s a real tension, there’s no doubt about it. We want to rush off and just make photos and write about our experiences and then meanwhile, back at the ranch, someone has to do the shopping and someone has to make food and someone has to do the laundry and all the other great ‘list of things to do’ lists. Oh yeah, and someone has to go to work because someone has to pay the bills. And that someone in this instance is us.

The original strategy was that we would spend 30 minutes managing the images and writing the copy. Sometimes we meet that deadline, sometimes the deadline is just that – dead on the sideline. I quite like the ‘have to go to work’ thing – it does provide us with a stream of photo opportunities, and of course, new ideas which in turn gives us something to think about and then to write about. If we were entirely up to our own devices I’m not sure the images or writing or creativity would be any better – the devil finds work for idle hands I guess. And we would be on hand to make the images.

What is happening is through the images and writing we are beginning to define ourselves in a new way, and move ourselves, each day, into a more creative wave. Much of the change is happening on the inside, but we are seeing evidence appearing externally through our works as well. I’m liking it.

Manifesto
04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
13. Every day be better than you were the day before.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.

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