Friday, September 3, 2010

LIVING ART

I have been doing a lot of reading about health life styles and how to incorporate fun and creativity into my life.  I have come across some interesting and thought provoking quotes that I wanted to share:

"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."  - Pablo Picasso

"Art has been the means of keepingg alive the senses of purpose..." - John Dewey

"All creative people want to do the unexpected." - Hedy Lamarr

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.  But without it, we go nowhere." - Carl Sagan

One of the most important things we can do is spend time with our families doing something.  The most fun I have had is when we do things together that are creative or imaginative.  That is when me and the kids laugh the most and we get to know each other better.

In 1998, the Urban Land Institute conducted a study to uncover the answer to why people engage in creative opportunities in their communities.  The same can be applied to our families.  They are small communities afterall.  According to the participants of this study, the individual's primary motivations include:

  1. to celebrate hertiage
  2. to support community events or organizations
  3. to learn something about another time or culture
  4. to learn more about a particular form of art or cultural expression
  5. to experience the high quality of an art
  6. to support a family member or friend
  7. to participate in a religious service, ceremony or ritual
  8. to get together with friends or family for social reasons
In every case, the phenomenon of inspired community enhances our individual and collective quality of life.

Do something creative; enhance our quality of life; grow and have fun!

1 comment:

shydandelion said...

I sorta took Mom's "year of adventures" and modified it a little, so that our little family goes on "field trips" every week. It's been really fun, so far. I would love to hear some of your adventures. :D