Laugh, Play, Pray, Make Something

Creativity, making something strengthens #emotionalintelligence. It is part of Laugh and Play, one of my Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.

We are all creative

 Emotional Intelligence Fitness Thoughts

When we are lucky or as some say blessed, we know the pleasure of making something.  Perfectionism often gets in the way.  Part of what I talked about in yesterday’s parenting post.

I chose to make creativity part of laugh and play to remove it a bit from the perfectionist’s award table.  If it isn’t fun, it isn’t play. If it doesn’t make you laugh, it isn’t play.

As Bob Hope said  about play, “If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”


Tip one: Find a do-it-yourself path that leaves you feeling good. Keep it small. Make a date to play this way daily for at least fifteen minutes a day.

Tip two: Some have found it best to work a bit every day on longer term projects. Crocheting was one of mine. Fifteen minutes a day and in time I had a finished project.  Some working on longer term projects might be  poets spend their fifteen minutes adding a line, or polishing one.I try to work a bit each day on my never ending novel.

Tip three: Warning work on good enough, not perfect.  I fall prey to wanting to make my writing error free. that too often means I re-write and re-write and re-write.  Those of you who follow me, now how I still fail to keep the word nazi’s happy. Sigh, but no money for an editor combined with dysgraphia equals defeat if I do not eventually settle for good enough. And that certainly is what keeps me from finishing my novel.  I did however, get one short story about it published under a pen name. Sexy stuff but if you want to read it go here. Begetting Merlin.  Warning it will cost you 99 cents to download and read. Forgive me.

By the way, I consider writing my end of life’s work, so I endure the frustration. The satisfaction comes  with pushing the publish button and greater satisfaction comes when someone shares.  I am still boosting my emotional fitness because a favorite blogger of mine Granny reports blogREBLOGGED MY POST. A firsy;  just remembering that fact fills me with gratitude and pleasure once again. Thank you Granny.

Tip four: Also try to find the pleasure in everyday tasks. As a Zen saying goes;

” Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

Cooking is the best example of trying to do this for me.  Trying to cook three meals a day every day gets burdensome, more so now that I have to worry abit about hubby’s diabetic eating needs.   But if I look for the pleasure I find in feeding myself and others good food,  and in keeping the man I would occasionally like to murder alive, the pleasure overcomes the burden.


Thank you for all you do, particularly for sharing and caring. It matters and not just to the person you give to; it is a way of giving to yourself.


Today’s Word Press’s  DAILY PROMPT Handmade Tales – Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

Think I’ve answered that above.




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  2. We are all guilty at times for setting our goals too high. I agree with you: more often than not that strive for perfection stalls creativity. Good enough should be the marker to aim for and I would do well to remember that more often than I do. Thank you for an insightful post.

  3. I didn’t know you had a story published! Congratulations on that! I understand about the need to get things perfect. I have obsessive compulsive disorder and there are some things that I will do 20 times if I must so it feels perfect! I have spent years working on this, and I do relax a lot more these days. I don’t think we were meant to be perfect and therefore we make mistakes, but that’s okay! That doesn’t mean we can’t try to better ourselves, it just means mistakes are forgiven because that’s how we learn.

    I always enjoy your posts. You are a very intelligent person who has a lot to give to others! Keep writing, even if it’s not perfect!

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