Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.
Ti-Grace Atkinson pointed out … that there is an enormous gap between what one can do and what one can imagine doing. Humans have what she referred to as a “constructive imagination” which, though obviously a blessing in some ways, is also a source of great frustration. For it provides a constant tease of imagined accomplishments and imagined threats—to neither of which are we physically equal.
I’ve been routinely confronted by this experience of late…
I say: ”You seem angry.”
In response: ”I’m not angry, I didn’t raise my voice.”
Alternatively: ”I didn’t swear.” ”I didn’t go crazy.” ”I wasn’t rude.”
The premise is that anger is a behavior, not a feeling. Therefore, it would follow that as long as I don’t believe that I am behaving angrily, I have no resentment, frustrations, or irritations.
Oh, dear. If it were only that easy…