Friday, January 25, 2008

Random Acts of Creativity #2 :: Be The Messenger

In the second installment of the Random Acts of Creativity series, I'd like to talk about the ways we can use little bits of creativity in uplifting ways. Horoscopes are fun because the way they are written can apply to just about anyone. That's because we, as humans, share a common condition. We have needs and desires, fears and heartbreaks. This sameness, however, presents a unique opportunity to exercise our own creativity.

Try this.

Sit down at your computer and write out some messages designed to make people stop their everyday routine and refocus on what is important.

  • Some you love misses you very much. Give that person a call tonight.
  • When was the last time you danced?
  • The answers you seek are out there. Go to a quiet place and try not to think.
After you have written some of these, print them out. Then, cut them into individual messages and secretly place them around town--under windshield wipers, in shopping carts across parking lots, in mailboxes, in public restrooms, or any other location where they will be unexpected.

At times, we can get so wrapped up in our own lives that we don't take time to stop and see how we are really functioning among those around us. In my experience, the things that bring us such stress are not really the most important things in life, though they are sometimes the most immediate. Use your creativity to help another person see that.

Creativity is a gift. Share it.

Be random.


Patricia Singleton said...

What a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing it.

Jim said...

Great idea Geoff, I will work on a few tonight. Sort of the "Pay it forward" theory but, just using inspiration. That’s a great idea.