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The Water We
Swim In

Two young fish are swimming along. An old fish passes by and says, “How’s the water!?” After he’s gone the younger fish turns to the other and asks, “What water?” We humans are a lot like that young fish. We’re just hanging out in some water—mostly with similar fish, where we swim, play, eat, fight, have babies—living life. What we hardly notice is the

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The Bad News about Creativity

There’s bad news about creativity—being creative is completely anxiety provoking. If you don’t create you’ll be anxious, if you do create you’ll be anxious—it’s just a matter of picking your anxiety. Isn’t that a mind-blower? I got this bittersweet nugget from Eric Maisel’s book Fearless Creating. Before reading his book, I’d been waiting to begin creative activities until I felt positive and at ease

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Avoiding Creativity

Creativity doesn’t sound like it should be hard work. It sounds dreamy and passionate and idyllic—above the fray of everyday existence. To be creative is to see far, to feel deep, to wear bohemian clothes. After too many years, I realized that this mystical picture of creativity essentially put it out my reach. If being creative started to feel hard, I wasn’t doing it

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Heroic Creativity

You’ve heard of the Hero’s Journey? The short version is: You’re minding your own business. Adventure breaks out around you. You fight/you lose/ you win/you love/you laugh/you cry having learned a splendid lesson. You’re now a hero. That is exactly what it’s like to engage with the goddess Creativity. You’re sitting there happily playing a video game when suddenly you feel a calling—an inner

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Adventures in Self Smarts (or “What was I thinking?!”)

I’m wondering if philosophies that we like or agree with, find us.  I have tried to “get” the basics of the history of philosophy—chasing after it with classes, videos, & books.   But I experience learning philosophy like I experience a flash mob.  For a few seconds it looks great, sounds great, and poof, it’s gone. But existentialism—it keeps finding me.  (I should probably be

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