Entries by Jill Greenbaum

Stepping into the Unexpected… Almost Reluctantly

How do you find the time, really, make the time to be creative?

I think we all define or describe creativity differently—from diving into new opportunities at work, to drawing, painting, building, cooking, sewing, knitting, singing, to playing instruments, and more.

As I think about creativity in my work or in my play, it means total immersion, commitment to the process,  and oftentimes to produce too.

What about you?
What does creativity mean to you?
In what ways you creative?

Shunryu Suzuki

Have an affair with your creativity!

How do you find the time, really, make the time to be creative?

I think we all define or describe creativity differently—from diving into new opportunities at work, to drawing, painting, building, cooking, sewing, knitting, singing, to playing instruments, and more.

As I think about creativity in my work or in my play, it means total immersion, commitment to the process,  and oftentimes to produce too.

What about you?
What does creativity mean to you?
In what ways you creative?

Shunryu Suzuki

Assuming that I still have a skill from years ago… and finding out that I’m rusty!

How do your habits, well-honed skills, and expert mindset get in the way of seeing how things are in the moment?

I had another experience this morning as I was drawing an example for a colleague. I had drafted an example over the weekend but couldn’t find the slip of paper so I thought I would try it again…

These experiences are such pointed reminders of how easy it is to glide along with our notions of who we are and how we do our work when in fact, when we take the time to look at how we do what we do we can find new ways of seeing and doing.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Shunryu Suzuki

Getting Un-Stuck!

When were you last stuck? How did you work through it to a successful result? Does it depend on what kind of stuck you are?

While there’s a saying, “How you do one thing is how you do everything” that’s not true of me… for me, it’s more nuanced. I endeavor to discover what the circumstances need and create differentiated responses.