Found myself spending too much time on Facebook: responding to this request and that..and, oh yeah I have to take the Which brand of motor oil are you? Quiz. (I'm a quart high. Ha!)
Actually I gave up taking ALL silly Facebook (and other online) surveys several months ago. (I do not care what my IQ is, this week.) Those surveys are not informative, and (for me) not even a little bit fun. I'd rather watch one of my Best of Rocky & Bullwinkle DVD's.
or...have a wisdom tooth removed without Novocaine.
In college I forced myself to develop the ability of NOT answering the phone just because it was ringing. "HEY, HEY, HEY, ANSWER ME...NOW!"
I do the same now with my iPhone—always on, always with me. Fortunately, I have scores of friends, and other important contacts in my cell so I can see who is calling. With friends, I answer the phone 97.2591% of the time when I see their name. Now and then, I am engaged in an activity that is worth staying focused on and calling my friend back.
Focus is important to the creative life. Especially for those of us who are "ACC." I suspect you are ACC, too. That's why you make frequent visits here to Tea Blog. If this is your first visit, it's because a friend has directed you here. (They know that you, too, are ACC—and might enjoy a cup of inspiration.)
Being ACC—an Actively Creative Character—your mind is constantly imagining new routes to a familiar destination, a new ingredient to add to your morning smoothie, a different way to answer the phone on your recorded greeting, a new custom iPod Playlist: "S.I.U.T.L.A.H.L.T.I.A.L.T." (Songs I Used To Love And Haven't Listened To In A Long Time), or . . .
We are all busy. Everyone. My question is, "Are we making good creative use of our time?" Not every minute, but when we can. I believe we can find more places and spaces to exercise our Actively Creative Character-istics.
- I never leave home without my sketchbook-even on an 11 pm trip to the market. I have a mini backup sketchbook—right. (Click to enlarge any photo) I keep it in the outside pocket of my computer bag. Mostly, it serves as a 2DO list book, but also for doodling and imagining "out loud" while waiting in line—any line—and "on hold."
- As good as the camera in my iPhone is (left), I carry an actual camera (palm size), in my computer case, to grab a hi-rez picture now and then. You will never come back and take a photo of an interesting place you discover, because you will forget what it is was and where it is. You DO have time to take the photo now, because you no longer waste time with Facebook surveys.
- In the front of every one of my 140+ sketchbooks I continue to write a sentence I came up with for the sketchbooks I was required to carry as a freshman at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (in the late 1800's.) Here's a photo (right) of that sentence in my current always-with-me sketchbook.
- *** What are you doing to feed your Actively Creative Character? What creative habits have you developed to maximize the little moments or manage the 24 clock to make more room for your imagination to be present and alive in your daily life? Leave your tips, tricks, and helpful hints that the rest of us can emulate and be inspired by in our quest for richer, fuller, more remarkable lives. (Leave them in the Comments section below this blog post. Thanx.)
As much as I appreciate many of you who have sent your friends my way (on Facebook), I don't know these fine folks. My new "Dry Cleaning" Face-site is a way for anyone to be connect with all things McNair, but with far fewer ringing phones to answer ("Confirmations" to respond to.) I will always welcome long time friends to the personal page when we reconnect online, but anyone can join the new "Fan Club" site, anytime—we never close.
As of January of this year (2010) I am back to my wonderful life of traveling, speaking, teaching, consulting and coaching (speakers, authors, and others who talk-out-loud-in-public.) Thus, t he fan site has grown at a surprising rate. Stop by, jump in, return ffffrequently.
Pith helmet, optional.
Col. Bullmoose McNair