The Ripple Affect

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ann grasso ripple affectDoing what comes naturally can have far reaching affects both for ourselves and then for others…if, if we are willing create and to share with others.

These ducks have no idea that their paddling affects the water’s surface offering a different view of the reflected trees or an interesting intersection of geometric patterns where circles overlap. We do not always observe the affect of our actions or inactions on either ourselves or others.

Because we have come to hold “art” as the purview of a few: those with talent, those with genius, we dare not show our own creativity. We think it is unworthy. Of course, children do not feel this way. They are proud of their work and we are proud of their work hanging it on our refrigerators and sometimes framing it for our walls. But then, something happens. Somewhere along the line, we are told that our creativity is not sufficient. We should move on to “more important” things. Instead of understanding that creativity is simply a part of our DNA, we come to believe that only “artists” are creative and “talented.”

What would happen to ducks that didn’t paddle, a natural phenomenon for them? Eventually, this instinctual behavior would atrophy. As humans, we are fortunate that creativity has not atrophied although it has suffered a withering blow given our eagerness to endorse science as the only basis for truth.

Hiding, or worse, denying our creativity because it is not good enough stifles a portion of our humanity. I encourage you to praise aloud the virtues of creativity. As we return to the idea that creativity is simply a natural condition of being human, we will paddle about our ponds with more ease and comfort. The ripple affect will provide connections we cannot anticipate both for ourselves and others.

What do you think? I welcome your input.

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  • Ladee Miller
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    I am 65 yrs old, have PTSD, and have recently retired. I find myself being overwhelmed without the buffer of ‘work’. I have many things I love to do , I love to be creative. am slowly finding my way back to that self expression, and thank you for this article. It reminds me I have options to the ‘rabbit hole’, I can drag out my ‘stuff’ and just lose myself in the simple act of ‘creating’. Thank you ! Great article..

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      Ann Grasso
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      Sometimes, it takes a wee nudge – glad this article provided and if your “stuff” can remain in view, I suspect you will be drawn to it frequently.

    • Christine Hayward
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      This is more than a year later– but what is time more than another perception…
      Ann, I love your blogs, and Ladee, I relate to your entire comment. I was told that I also have PTSD. I stare into that ‘rabbit hole” every day. Although I know that I have very strong eye contact with others, I struggle to put into action that creative impulse which comes out of my own eyes.

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        Ann Grasso
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        Glad to have your comments here, Chris. I know how skilled and creative you are. Perhaps soon you will pick up tools of creating again.

  • Jeanne Hewell-Chambers
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    “These ducks have no idea that their paddling affects the water’s surface offering a different view of the reflected trees or an interesting intersection of geometric patterns where circles overlap. We do not always observe the affect of our actions or inactions on either ourselves or others.” This is what moves me, what has me stand up in my studio and shout YES. The ducks just do what they do – what they have to do – without realization or concern, even, for how it changes the view for others who happen by. And I wonder how many who happen by give conscious thought to what affects their perspective, to how their view has been influenced by the coincidental being right there at the same time the ducks are commuting. It’s a powerful thought, and I love how you’ve expressed it.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Awareness. Word for the day.

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