Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
My grandfather whittled wood into chess pieces. He taught me how to play the game with these handmade chessmen. I have one of the sets he made, a priceless treasure that will forever conjure loving memories of soft summer afternoons shuffling these simply-carved pieces around the old chess board while we watched the Cleveland Indians play baseball.
Last week I was in a meeting at UC Berkeley and glanced across the room to see a woman knitting. I smiled and thought of my childhood friend, who knitted colorful ski sweaters for her high school boyfriend on many a winter evening as I sat across the living room, curled up in a chair, absorbed in a book - both of us nourishing our creative side.
Handmade crafts and works of art restore the soul, whether we are the producers or the admirers of such work. I came across an encouraging bit of Haiku this week in Patricia Donegan’s book, “Haiku Mind”. Here it is along with a comment by Donegan:
a sand dune
Virginia Brady Young
"Ultimately what is most remembered of civilizations is not the glory of war but art; after the dust settles, remnants of art remain. And even if all art were lost, the creative potential of art always remains within human beings."
Donegan’s comment reminded me of one of my favorite quotes on the value of art:
“And while a hundred civilizations have prospered (sometimes for centuries) without computers or windmills or even the wheel, none have survived even a few generations without art.”
from Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland, 1993