How to be creative and other inadvertent parenting advice

All advice is autobiographical.

This thought for the day, is appropriately enough, stolen from Austin Kleon, author of “How to Steal Like an Artist and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me,” a highly recommended smart and charmingly inspirational pictorial for creative people.

The quote is included as a kind of disclaimer, but I was struck by the wisdom of it. Whether giving or taking, it might behoove us to remember where advice comes from: we can speak with real authority only about what we have experienced, ourselves. Which may or may not apply to the situation of another.

While Kleon’s post isn’t intended to be about parenting, many of his insights can apply there nicely—as well as to writing or drawing. After all, parenting is the original creative act, right?

Some more of his gems:

“It’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are.”

“You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, ‘We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.’”

“Step 1: Wonder at something. Step 2: Invite others to wonder with you.”

“Creativity isn’t just the things we chose to put in, it’s also the things we chose to leave out.”

Check it out.



Photo: “Well, son, when I was your age. . . ” Tim and Reeve get in some father-and-son wondering (while I lag behind, as usual, taking photos) on our early morning hike in the southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains last weekend.


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