Streamline - Summer 2016 - (Page 47)
BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
The Secret to Creativity
do we do that? Tap
into our creative spirit, I mean? Is it
even in there? Most of us would say,
"Oh no, I'm not creative at all. Never
have been." I think - I know - it's
always been in there. Problem is it's
a shy thing. If you trust me enough to
consider the possibility "it" might be in
there, how then might we persuade this
shy thing to come out? First, we must
protect it. We must make it feel safe to
show its face to the world.
We have to be careful with our creative spirit. When we dare tell someone
a "different idea" we are considering,
if that person (almost always someone
close to us) demeans our new thought,
our creative spirit runs to the bedroom
and hides in the closet and we think,
"Well, why in the world did I ever say
that?" Then we spend the rest of the
day berating ourselves. A poor strategy,
indeed. We need a "protector." Enter the
skilled and sensible mentor.
There is a paradox about life. To do
anything of value, we must be original
and do it ourselves. (Quick, name me
an Elvis impersonator.) We must not let
others dissuade us from achieving our
heart's desire. To do that, we often have
to stand alone in the face of criticism
and trust - trust - ourselves. Sometimes
difficult to do, but on occasion when we
do...we are surprised. The courage to
stand alone is key. Here's the paradox.
We must have help. We need mentors.
Most of us think if someone is smart
enough to complete a terminal degree,
HOW ON EARTH
i. e., M.D., PhD, law degree, or become
a world champion roper, then they must
be equally competent in other areas of
life. Unfortunately, that's not true. We
see a particular doctor breeze through
medical school and yet unable to make
a living practicing medicine because he
or she has no idea how to treat people.
Some attorneys are just squirrelly, some
great ropers have no clue about training
a horse, and don't even get me started
on psychiatrists. On the first day of
my internship in a Dallas hospital, a
psychiatric nurse pulled me aside...
"Hey kid, did anyone tell you how to
tell the psychiatrists from the patients
around here?" she asked.
"No, ma'am," I said.
"Sometimes the patients get a little
better," she said.
Certainly, there are good doctors,
lawyers, and cowboys who can help
us...but we need to be careful and
insure we are dealing with a good
one. And there is one key to releasing
our creative - and best - spirit above
all others. Here is an illustration of a
magnificent, splendid, kind, and brilliant example that we should all be so
lucky to find.
As she strode up the university steps,
the young woman noticed her hands were
shaking so and she wished they would
stop. After making her way down the
hall, she found his door, and knocked.
"Come in," he said.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016
From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2016