“We’re fools whether or not we dance so we might as well dance.” Japanese Proverb
I want to speak to the creative person inside of you. We all have creativity inside of us, but for some it may be hiding and might need some coaxing out.
If you want to invite the creative person inside of you to come out and play here is an easy exercise to try.
The next time you are on a phone call, get a piece of paper and a pen, pencil, crayon, or marker and doodle while you talk. While you concentrate on your conversation, or if you are on hold this will make the passing time more fun, make swirls, dots, lines, crooked squares or lop-sided circles. Find something to trace, like a pen, your hand or the bottom of a cup. Scoot the object over a little and trace it again and again. It doesn’t matter what you end up with. The idea is just to get your hand moving across the paper without thinking too much. This is just practice on free form creation with no agenda in place other than to get some marks on a page.
So why can you doodle freely while on the phone but when you are faced with a blank paper or canvas you freeze? You have just shut down the inner critic that says, “that shouldn’t go there,” or wonders “what should come next?” This is automatic creating without the inner critic interfering because your left brain was engaged in the conversation and the mind can only handle one conversation at a time. Your creative side was still free to make images.
What to do with that doodle.
Once you are done with your doodling, it’s time to put it in your visual journal. Cut or tear the portion of your doodle you want to glue to your journal page. Each time you are on the phone you can do another doodle to add to your page.