I know the stereotype goes that an artist is suppose to be tortured and pained in order to create. And I admit that sometimes, in that state, I am more creative. But, I also think I tend to be very creative when I’m gleefully happy. Maybe it’s emotion in general that is good for the creative soul. Maybe it’s not seeing the magic in the mundane, maybe being fixed in mediocrity, maybe being disconnected, disassociated, that kills art. Yeah, I’m going with that.
Kindness inspires me. I’m amazed whenever I see it. I think kindness is hard, in that it takes more effort to be kind than to be selfish, inconsiderate, cold, unempathetic. To notice when kindness is needed, to set the intention to provide that kindness and following through takes a lot of courage and strength. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe that is only the experience I have had in the world. It would be wonderful to find that to be the case.
Regardless, kindness inspires me to work harder, be better at being human, and wanting to be better at being makes me want to push forth what is good in me into art.
In light of this I thought I would share a simple list of ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. It’s not a revolutionary idea… just a good reminder, to myself, to make kindness more habitual.
(hmmm… kinda small to read, hunh? Sorry about that. Clicking on it should help.)