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ThrowingMyLoop 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. Good ones. 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. www.vrwa.org 47 http://www.vrwa.org

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
Lead
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
Spoofed!
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
NRWA Recap
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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