Tool #2: Generate with Tension.



It’s always the beginning and ending of something. I believe we are constantly evolving and devolving, while rotating around nature and other humans and other animals. This can be overwhelming, curling us into a ball of vulnerable. But like the wise Dr. Brene Brown has delivered, vulnerability also makes us amazing.

“Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” Dr. Brene Brown

Today, let the fresh page feeling, just as you are, inspire. Allow the tension of beginnings and endings, evolving and devolving, sense of stillness and perpetual motion generate a thing or two of beauty. Like Earth to Sun, we are moving faster around our light source than we realize, though we hardly give thought to the energy. Today, create something from the tension point of beginning and ending, evolving and devolving, motion and stillness, vulnerability and bravery. There, my friend, I will meet you…

“Artists are right on the origin, left out of the box. Mapping our destination and showing up for the journey is the real magic.”  Me

Free yourself to Play with whatever scraps or creative energy you are drawn to today; Frame Yourself Just as You Are…that is beautiful.

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Photo, sidewalk Boston, Mass. And credit due to Jessica Hoffmann Davis, delightful human and founder of the Arts in Ed Program at Harvard, who taught and inspired her students, like my fortunate self, via “Generative Tensions.”


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