Water Displacement and Distractions

Distractions and creativity

Water displacement and distractions: An analogy for creativity

Imagine a glass that is full to the brim with water. The water represents “creativity.” Beside the water you have an assortment of pebbles. Each of those pebbles represents a distraction in your life. As you start adding the pebbles one by one, the water displaces and spills out of the glass. Distractions take the space of creativity and the creativity spills over and disappears.  There isn’t room for both.

However, there is a difference between a distraction and doing something purposeful. Mindless channel surfing or swiping your phone screens with no intent is a distraction. Doing something to “kill time” in usually a distraction. When you’re distracted, you are giving up a possible creative opportunity. This example of water displacement is a simple way of giving creativity tangible characteristics.

water displacement and distractions

Technology blah blah blah

Firstly, lets talk about technology. We all blame innovation and sure, we look at our screens a lot. That is simply, the world we live in. I don’t see this a problem for the most part. The problem, is in fact,  when we mindlessly swipe through Facebook because we are bored. Every swipe is another pebble in the glass. Another missed opportunity to be creative. Distractions are important when we don’t overuse them.

Are people really entitled or just impatient?

Instant gratification has become the new global currency. I’ll admit I’m just as guilty as everyone else. I enjoy likes and retweets. I like that I can buy anything I want from the palm of my hand and have it delivered to my doorstep. But is it that entitlement? Or is it evolution? We create our own destiny and evolution. This entitlement is simply, the effect. Is it an oversight? More than likely it is.

We are creatures of habit and we are getting into dangerous territory. We are becoming more and more artificially connected and less emotionally connected to the people around us. We aren’t entitled at all, we are just impatient.

water displacement and distractions

There needs to be balance

We are becoming smarter but sacrificing social engagement in the process and in my opinion. In fact, we are creating a world of introverts and de-socializing from the world. Filling up our schedule with no room to experience “nothing” and just be. No time to ponder or create. No time to imagine. If we do find time, we are watching our favorite Netflix series. On our 15 minute coffee break we check in on Facebook or Twitter for gratitude. We need to start looking around and become more purposeful in our engagements.

Conclusion

In closing, first of all, thank you for reading my post about water displacement and distractions. I also recommend reading about Imagination and creative thinking. I’m not at all suggesting that there isn’t a place for distraction. I’m suggesting making those distractions more meaningful when you can. Take moments to be intentional in everything we do. Please weigh in below in the comments section. Let’s start a discussion.

Anders

 

Creativity Can Reduce Stress and It’s Easy

There are many simple ways that creativity can reduce stress.

Creativity can reduce stress. It is as simple as that. If your like the majority of people in the world, stress controls your life on an everyday basis. Maybe you work a stressful job or something personal is weighing on you. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to shut off the brain.

In fact, we have created a society that makes it impossible not to have significant daily stresses that impact us.

Some people look to drugs or alcohol as an escape-this blog post is not about that. It’s simply to provide creative solutions to managing your stress effectively.

Firstly, to understand why creativity is a such a great tool for dealing with stress, we must understand what the flow state is and what it does.

Creativity Can Reduce StressThe flow state is that place where you’re perfectly focused and engaged on something. Perhaps it’s doing something artistic or simply just folding the laundry. For some people, time moves fast and for others- it moves slow. This place is similar to the meditative state and has similar benefits as those found in meditation.

The flow state is regarded as being essential to humans and our intelligence.

Everyone is capable of finding a creative activity and finding the flow. Do something you enjoy doing and you will forget-even if it’s for a short time, those things that are currently haunting you.

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Here are a just a few random suggestions for creative activities that can relieve stress.

Take A Photos With Your Smartphone

Find something normal like pineapple or an interesting tree in your backyard. Try to capture aspects of the subject matter in a different way we would normally see it.

Gardening

Or weeding. It’s a great way to connect with nature and grow your own food at the same time. Not only is it a great way to find the “flow” – it can be great exercise at the same time.
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Cutting The Grass

I find this a great way of being creative. Don’t follow the same path week after week. Throw on some interesting jazz music and you will find that peace.

Read A Book

Visualizing what your reading is as creative as it gets. The journey a creative imagination can takes you on is endless…

Organize A Collection

Revisit that old collection of comics or sports cards. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and a ton of fun trying to convince your spouse that it needs to be on display.

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Rearranging Furniture.

It’s self explanatory but tons of fun and usually becomes a fresh way of looking at things. An analogy of sorts for your life. Maybe?

These are just some random examples that you may have never thought of as creative.  Remember creativity is simply taking a thought or idea and doing something with it. Let your brain think about something else for while. Let creativity help reduce the stress. Try it and you will see that creativity can reduce stress.

Anders Vanderkool