I'm trying to buy tickets to Defending the Caveman coming to Spokane March 20 and 21st. I've been on hold for almost 14 minutes. I'm sure they want me to buy tickets online, but I have questions and this is driving me crazy! Anyway, Geoff and I first saw this one-man play years ago in Chicago (before we had kids) and we LOVED it. We are going to try and get several couples together to go while it's in town. If you haven't seen it and it comes to your area, GO!
Thanks for all your creativity project ideas yesterday. The kids and I ate dinner in the Food Court of the mall and then visited the candy store. Everyone got to buy something (as long as they could spell their name in the letters on the packaging) This really isn't that hard, but it was FUN for my little boys and it did in fact feel playful.
I chose these.
I read something this morning about unlearning (yes, unlearning) and I really liked it. I have often thought that many of the obstacles and frustrations we face in creative pursuits and especially scrapbooking are the result of us attempting to be creative with new tools and possibilities inside an old paradigm. In other words, we need to UNLEARN before we can really be effective and satisfied.
I think those that have taken Library of Memories in the past would agree that while there is a LOT to learn and adapt, there is also a LOT to unlearn and let go of. Many of us jump into scrapbooking with the idea that we are going to do what our mothers and grandmothers did (document pictures) with 10,000 photos. The truth is we can do so much more than document pictures and scrapbooking to me is so much more than just putting pictures and names and dates and surface facts on a page (Hmmm, maybe I should write some books or start a company that would help people find the bigger picture in scrapbooking?)
In my grandmother's world, photographs were scarce and scarcity generates value. Every photograph grandmother, and in my case, I should really say grandfather took was a priceless visual record of his life and times. Still, if someone living in the early 20th century could afford to take pictures they didn't allow themselves to take very many (generally speaking) It simply would not have crossed their minds to capture the details of location or personality like we do. With the advent of digital photography we now have access to photography like never before and yet, what I find (every time I teach LOM) is that we have oddly become less connected to our surplus pictures. It's crazy! The reality is we have too many pictures and the very sad capital "R" reality behind this reality is this fact that we are less intimate with our pictures than ever before. One of the basic tenants of my system is getting your BEST pictures printed and into viewable storage, so you can LIVE with them and see them on an ongoing basis. When you do just this one thing you open yourself to personal inspiration. I know that we have tons of cool digital tools that allow us to see and share images, but I am absolutely convinced that a virtual connection (while cool) is not the same as having physical access to pictures (memories) and memories are hands-down the most magical form of inspiration I know. The trick and the tie back to unlearning is we have to unlearn the guilt we associate with printing pictures we might not use and, unlearn the notion that it's possible to do something with every photo we print. Pictures aren't scarce, they aren't expensive and they aren't that valuable in and of themselves. The value is in how we appreciate and use SOME of them to engage in the creative process and illustrate stories and gain appreciation for life and the people we love.
Please try and unlearn that scrapbooking is about the pictures.
Please try and unlearn that more pictures on a page is the goal.
Please try and unlearn that names and dates and documentation is required.
Learn that what is valuable is your ability to more fully immerse yourself in life today because you recognize through photography and scrapbooking the moments that matter as they unfold.
Learn to see yourself as a storyteller with thousands of potential illustrations and the potential to not only leave a unique mark for some future generation, but the absolute potential to make a difference right now in your attitude and outlook and energy and insight for today and for tomorrow–for NOW.
phew … I feel better.
btw: I gave up after 33 minutes on hold. so sad. Guess I won't be blogging about the customer service at Tickets West.