Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bright copper kettles

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
When you were a kid, what were your favorite cartoons? What was your favorite toy? What was your favorite afternoon snack? What was your favorite movie?

I love the author, Barbara Sher, and there's an exercise in one of her books that asks you to go back and answer these and other questions. They shine a light on and tap into a core direction that your soul, your life, your 'self' longs for. Or gravitates to. Or is skilled at. Listen to that. Tap back into that. Mine were: coloring, teaching, imagination, and performing.

For a more light-hearted and fun spin on those questions...

I've also read that when you fix that favorite snack of yours, or watch that favorite movie, there's a mental 'time travel' that happens. You can feel swept off to a carefree time of being a kid. If even just for the duration of the
Sound of Music, a Bugs Bunny cartoon, peanut butter crackers and chocolate milk, or The Fox and the Hound. In fact, my dog's name, Copper, comes that movie.

And he is one of my favorite things.

©2010 Wendy Hudgins
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

'To do' ta-da

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
When kids won't finish their food, we turn it into an airplane. When they need to clean up, we turn it into a game. So, can't we also use that same philosophy on us? When we need to accomplish something that we're dragging our feet on, why not turn it into a game? Make it fun.

Everyone has 'to do' lists. For the current items on yours, plus those stubborn ones that seem to get transferred from list to list, over years, even, I've come up with a fun way to knock them out. Grab-bag them! That's right. Have fun with your to do list.

Think fortune cookie strips of paper. Write each item on a single piece of paper. And all of these items, big or small, important or silly, are things you've been wanting or needing 'to do.' Place them all in a small, fun container.

Each morning, place the lid on your container. Shake it up. Then grab two items (this way you get to choose one). And that's your thing 'to do' for the day. Then, well... nike.

Just do it.


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Jingle Bells, Googly Eyes, and Little Boxes

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
Yes, I have a box with that label. Can I tell you how much fun it is to be a creative? A big bunch. There's an essay you might be familiar with called, “all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” I also have a quote in my office from Matisse, “all your life you must see with the eyes of a child.” YES!

Kids want to be adults.
And adults often long for the spirit of a child.

Wanting to be a grown-up, a
4-yr old stumbles around the house in dad's big fat shoes. Or a 7-yr old gets into mom's make-up and smears red lipstick. On the wall. Ginger ale in a champagne glass. Then, I think of how adults long for a nap or more play time, and would probably be better off eating more vegetables, playing fair, learning to clean up their own mess. Or catching a lightning bug on the way home from work on a hot summer night.

There's a fresh inspiration, resiliency, and wonder that kids possess... along with a hearty belief in immortality that if they jump off the back of the sofa, nothing will happen. When we adults go to make a move in our lives... we're more analytical.

We need to keep it simple. Fun.

“All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”

by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need
 to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be... 
I learned in kindergarten.
 Wisdom was not at the top
 of the graduate school mountain,
 but there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

 These are the things I learned:

 Share everything.
 Play fair.
 Don't hit people.
 Put things back where you found them.
 Clean up your own mess.
 Don't take things that aren't yours.
 Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
 Wash your hands before you eat.
 Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
 Live a balanced life -
 Learn some and think some. 
And draw and paint and sing and dance. 
And play and work everyday some.
 Take a nap every afternoon.
 When you go out into the world,
 watch out for traffic,
 hold hands and stick together.
 Be aware of wonder.

In a small way, how can you fun-up your life? Kid-style? Maybe a Tootsie pop if your presentation goes well tomorrow? Draw on your walls at home? Eat ice cream for dinner? With sprinkles. Maybe take a retro lunch box to work? Or maybe, in your filing of 'papers,' 'tissues,' and 'ribbons,' you make a box labeled “Jingle Bells, Googly Eyes, and Little Boxes.”

Why? Because I said so.

©2010 Wendy Hudgins
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deep. Water. Horizon.

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
BP may have been the actual company that tripped up via their sloppy and unsafe practices. Practices that led up to the April 2010 explosion that would claim the lives of 11 people. An explosion that has ruined an otherwise huge, healthy body of water along with the wildlife that call it home, and the people who make a living off of those waters. But in this atrocious environmental disaster, it ostensibly could have happened to any of the oil companies. BP just gets to be the focus of our attention for this go round.

Plus they have a good acronym for comedians. Big Puddle. Bad Publicity. ‘Better Pray.

But do you remember the death of Princess Diana in 1997? While the paparazzi may have lead to her death in the name of snapping a photo, the paparazzi would NOT have been so reckless and money-hungry to GET that photo in the first place if WE weren’t so hungry for the gossipy-tabloids. So, who was to blame for that ‘accident?’

The paparazzi, the tabloids, AND us.

With this current disaster, there is plenty of finger pointing to go around. And I’ll admit I just returned from a 1200+ mile road trip. But if our cities were set up so we didn’t need to drive as much; or car companies were held to a higher standard; or if we didn’t have our current appetite for driving which depends on oil (and in a recession we want it cheaply), perhaps this disaster wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

At the making of this video, we are on day 58 of the leak. And we point the fingers at BP. Their practices led up to this explosion. It IS their problem this time ‘round. A Big Problem. But who else needs to refine things?

The oil companies, the car companies, AND us.

But I’d argue that until the leak is capped, and the oil is cleaned up... we really all just sound as if we are bureaucratic firemen standing outside a burning house. Who CARES how the fire gets put out. Just put the freaking fire out. THEN we’ll settle up on who’s fault it is. Day 58 and accusations are still spewing. Day 58 and oil is still spewing.

Who’s side am I on?

Fair question.

I’m on the side of, “let’s solve this problem and get things back to normal for the Gulf region.”

Who’s side are you on?

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