Time and space for creativity: John Cleese

“. . . it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking, and it’s also easier to do little things  we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about. —John Cleese

I’ll be taking a blog break for the next few weeks—time to refill my creative well. While I enjoy this breather, I will ponder the wisdom of the oh-so-creative John Cleese and his five keys to creativity:

1. Space – a playful a creative space away from demands, an “oasis of quiet”

2. Time – a specific period of time, because play must begin and end, otherwise it is not play

3. Time (No. That’s not a typo.) – all the time the creativity requires to turn a problem into an opportunity

4. Confidence – openness to anything that might happen

5. Humour –  silliness

When I return from playing on the open road, I will seek to play in his open mode.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on August 8, 2014, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Art, Inspiration, Just for Fun, Living life to the fullest, writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Enjoy your time off!

  2. Enjoy just being the person we all know and love

  3. Have a great break. I look forward to the refreshed YOU, not that the other you isn’t magnificent 😉

  4. Enjoy your blog break, Arlene. Hope you receive the energy boost you feel you need.

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