"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." - James Bryant Conan
Gurpreet and I are in the same Toastmasters club. In the two short months that I've been back, I have been astounded by the tremendous growth he has made. This young man has not only improved in his speaking ability, but his confidence has also soared. Even though I'm no longer teaching, the teacher in me is gratified to see how he is developing his style not only as a speaker, but as a leader, as well.
I can't remember whether I met Annette on Twitter or from her visit to my other blog, A Rheumful of Tips. She regularly posts to Here's Your Gold Watch - Rheutired. I love to see her writing evolve - she is taking more creative risks, weaving humour and popular culture into the very serious topic of living life with a chronic disease.
Dorlee and I have regularly visited each other's blogs over the course of a few years. Her collection of awards and badges is a testament to her hard and conscientious work on Social Work Career Development. However, it's only been recently that she begun to experiment, penning some of her posts in poetry, rather than prose. If this is not a form that you are used to working in, it takes a considerable amount of courage to hit "Publish". Dorlee has skillfully managed to maintain the integrity of her blog by choosing to convey her message in this style.
Yes, it's true. Sometimes there can be jealousy between siblings, but this time, I have nothing but admiration for my sister, Barbara-Anne. As a young girl, she would play in technicolour, using whatever we had on hand - crayons, a watercolour palette that came with a colouring book or pastels. She definitely has an eye for colour and a heart for composition, so I'm thrilled to see her exploring one of her joys. In acrylics, this time. She has already had some commissions; I wonder where this rainbow will lead her.
Creativity, regardless of form, allows you to access your joy. When you access your joy, you have a powerful tool to help you undress your stress. I am pleased to see these four individuals embracing creativity in their own way - stretching, reaching and growing.
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse