Saturday, January 15, 2011
Craft Therapy, Anyone?
How do you "express yourself" creatively, other than writing?
I love writing.
It is one of my deepest pleasures and treasures.
But, sometimes it can be taxing. Especially if its pursuit is on a professional level.
The "mental muscle" required, the need to come up with new ideas over and over, the pending deadlines, wrestling with writer's block. "Don't it make your brown eyes blue?" :-)
For this reason, I like to take my creativity other places. For me, I've been blessed to create gift baskets. I love to design them and give them as lovely gifts to family, friends, and others.
And what I've found is that many writers have multiple creative talents as well.
In fact, have you ever noticed that many writers are also skilled photographers, or musicians, or painters, or great cooks?
This tendency helps us to let our hair down and still express ourselves via various outlets. And it's therapeutic. That's right.
I was watching T.V. the other day, and the talk show host stated that craft therapy is used in some medical situations to help heal.
So, I pose the question to you, my readers...how do you express yourself creatively other than writing? What gets those creative juices flowing and speaks to your heart? Do tell...
Image: Gail Merriwether
Basket Creator: Jennifer Brown Banks