reflections on being cranially ambidextrous

rainy day

This week, we’ve talked (and by we, I mean you and I) about the essence of what it means to live creatively, the power to recognize how your creativity is trendsetting and not bucking the trends, and we’ve discussed how favoring analytical thinking can be a real asset to exploring creativity and not a hindrance. Your comments have been personal, thought-provoking, and engaging. And have really helped me foment some thoughts on my own creativity.

It’s really set a whole slew of ideas in motion in my own mind. But it’s also given me an opportunity consider my own approach to creativity. As I said yesterday, I consider myself cranially ambidextrous – turns out a lot of you do too. No wonder we get along so well! My brain & my fingers enjoy typing code & crafting sentences fairly equally. Likewise, I always enjoyed science & math as a student. My chosen discipline, religion & philosophy, requires both an intuitive sense of belief and an ability to analytically dissect the trappings of faith.

While so many of you discussed your left brain tendencies controlling the structure & planning you give your creative work, my left brain controls my creativity differently. It takes a big picture – the only kind of picture I see – and it pushes & prods it forward. My left brain expands my big picture pulling in all sort of other logical ideas until the scope of what I have in mind is overwhelming and sometimes paralyzing. Maybe you wish you had this problem. And, it’s true, it’s a great problem to have. But most days I wish my analytical side would spend some time working on the details, analyzing the how-tos and not just the what-ifs.

What I mean to say is that when you say, Diane, that “craft, arts, and design are not the only “creative” industries,” I couldn’t agree more. I also mean to say that my vision for Scoutie Girl is that it is a place for all types of creative people to come and find conversation, community, and ideas for expanding your interaction with the “creative.” And because one way I’ve re-engaged my own interaction with the creative is to surround myself with objects that have been mindfully designed & created, this conversation & community will continue to be framed by the indie craft & design movement.

The tie that binds us together as creative people is not paint, embroidery floss, wood glue, or precious metal clay, it’s that outside-of-the-box perspective that gives you the confidence to celebrate nonconformity.

But it sure can help to have beautiful stuff in your life.

This weekend, I hope you take a minute to reflect on your own creativity. I’m going to be taking next week off to start preparing for our cross-neighborhood move, tie up loose ends here in the digital world, and recharge my batteries. I have some absolutely killer guest posts lined up for you from friends of the blog.

Happy Memorial Day!

{illustration by niccoco}

One thought on “reflections on being cranially ambidextrous

  1. This is so very spot-on for me that I couldn’t have written it any better.

    “My left brain expands my big picture pulling in all sort of other logical ideas until the scope of what I have in mind is overwhelming and sometimes paralyzing. Maybe you wish you had this problem. And, it’s true, it’s a great problem to have. But most days I wish my analytical side would spend some time working on the details, analyzing the how-tos and not just the what-ifs.”

    Amen, sister!

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