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What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

Human beings are fascinating.

No creature on the planet is better equipped to connect and work through challenges or make things better. We are inherently curious, social, creative, and aspirational beings.

At the same time, when we can, we settle for the status quo. We are comforted by knowing where we stand and what's expected. More often than not, we're happy to settle for the way things are and the way we are.

But sometimes events conspire to make the status quo obsolete. Sometimes settling for another day just like yesterday is not an option.

In a moment like this, you have a choice. Sit and wait for things to sort themselves out or for someone to sort them out for you. Or seize the moment. Decide to take the initiative to find the others and endeavor to make things better.

If we choose the latter, we become agents of our destiny rather than passive recipients of our fate.

When we get together and lean into challenges with intention and integrity, we create the possibility...

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Every Day Is a Chance to Start Again

Every day each of us is presented with a choice. To do the same things the same old way, or to try new things and new approaches.

When things are going well, or at least well enough, the natural thing is to just show up today like we did yesterday. But when things are broken, expecting what worked yesterday to work today is probably unhelpful or even foolish.

It's natural to slip into reactive attitudes and behavior when things go sideways. Shutting down, tuning out, and sitting still, are encoded default human responses to crisis. The hope is that things will sort themselves out, or someone will fix things for us.

While these knee-jerk responses are common, they don't promote anyone's health or wellbeing. What helps us flourish through troubles is the opposite of what our instincts encourage.

Crisis reminds us of what it really means to be human and happy is to shun our selfish impulses and lean instead into our social and creative nature.


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Make America Create Again

Disclaimer - This isn't about politics. It's about coming together to make things better.

The Situation

Too many of us deny or have lost touch with our creative drive and instinct. This is sad, and this is wrong. It's time we all reclaim and reconnect with our creative capacity to build a brighter future for everyone.

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  • Creativity is a fundamental human impulse. Everyone is a creative.
  • Creativity is an effort to make change happen. Creatives see what is and what can be.
  • Creativity curbs false certainty and judgment and fosters curiosity and consideration.
  • Creativity is how we solve interesting problems and overcome difficult challenges.
  • Creativity, at its best, is a collaborative enterprise done with and for others. 
  • Creative enterprise unites us and builds trust.
  • Creative projects done with intention and integrity enhance the prospects for all.
  • Creative work reflects who we are and who we seek to be.
  • Creative...
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Creativity in Times of Crisis

Crisis hijacks the healthier impulses we need to leverage when things go sideways.

"What am I to do when [INSERT CURRENT CRISIS HERE]?!"

Let's start by contextualizing the situation at hand. Yes, the current crisis is new and now, but novelty and proximity don't have to be exaggerated to amplify our anxiety.

Additionally, and this may not be the best time to state the obvious, death will happen for all of us. The time and manner of our death matter less than spending the time we've been granted to live it well.

Here are additional thoughts on weathering the crisis of this moment.

What helps us purposely work through any crisis are basic human instincts like consideration, compassion, and care. These can be replaced by contempt, cruelty, and carelessness during times of trouble.

Creativity is the antidote to caving into an unhealthy response to a crisis.

Creativity is collaborative. It builds trust, encourages...

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