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What Have You Created Lately? May 17, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Food & Drink, People.

catladyIn life, we have two principal roles  . . . consumers and creators.

Why do we create?

To fill our hearts, homes, and hours with more satisfying fare than watching endless reruns of Seinfeld or I Love Lucy while mindlessly stuffing our pie holes with Hostess Twinkies.

Parents create offspring to nurture.  Cooks create meals to savor and share. Musicians create music.  Artists create paintings, statues, collages, quilts, jewelry.  Photographers create Kodak moments and memories.  Architects create buildings, bridges, and alleyways.  Attorneys create theories of the case, opening statements, closing arguments.  Writers create plot-lines and poetry, heroines and villains.  Friends create relationships, connections, and shared bonds.  Philosophers create ideas and ideals.

Advertising and marketing moguls create desires for us to consume when we are not creating.

A Pensive Moment: Wikipedia ~ Desire (in Public Domain)

As consumers, we consume an endless array of consumables in every waking and sleeping hour ~ books, sleep, movies, classes, TV shows, meals, lectures, jewelry, alcohol, shoes, handbags, concerts, sporting events, video games, puzzles, magazine articles, and the occasional imported cigar.

Our appetites as consumers are insatiable.

Once we have consumed the object of each current desire, a new desire arises to take its place.

To kill time and fill the void between birth and death, we can consume.

Or we can create.

What have YOU created lately?

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Maggie - May 17, 2013

Ah, it’s always better to create than to consume. 🙂

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Consuming, including the air we breathe, keeps us alive. Creating makes us FEEL alive! 😀

2. Judson - May 17, 2013

Retirement has allowed me to actively pursue my creative interests. I was always “putting them off” in the past.

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Retirement creates time for the things we didn’t have time for before ~ say that 3 times fast. 😛

3. Tammy - May 17, 2013

Love to create!!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Cooking is a wonderful outlet for creativity ~ when we play with ingredients, we’re not just ALIVE, we THRIVE!

4. ericjbaker - May 17, 2013

eBay exists thanks to our wish to keep consuming but running out of room for that which we’ve already consumed.

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Yes . . . because it’s hard to create in a space that is already bulging at the seams. :mrgreen:

ericjbaker - May 17, 2013

Especially in NJ!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

NJ is where we started our creative de-cluttering project . . . it’s on-going. A work in progress. 😉

5. suzicate - May 17, 2013

I created a new art panel, “The Tree Madam” and am now working on a dragonfly quilt order. Creating feeds my soul!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

I love your quilted art panels, Suzi. Painting with textiles.

6. Pix Under the Oaks - May 17, 2013

I created a clean house yesterday.. 😀

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

There is nothing better than creating a “clean slate.” :mrgreen:

7. Andra Watkins - May 17, 2013

I create every single dang day, Nancy. Of course, I consume, too. 🙂

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

We consume to stay alive . . . we create to FEEL ALIVE! 😀

8. colonialist - May 17, 2013

*loud laments*
What I create
Is a really awful crime,
*more he vents*
For you will hate
All my Really Awful Rhyme!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Hate is such a strong emotion
Creating extensive internal commotion
Some of our rhymes deserve promotion
For others . . .

It’s back to the drawing board :mrgreen:

colonialist - May 17, 2013

Yes, that was going well until it lost the flow!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

It derailed, got off track, and gave me the slip as soon as I abandoned ship. 😉

9. jannatwrites - May 17, 2013

I create more work for myself (silly me, thought I could stop by the grocery store without a list :))

I’ve been working on stories and watering newly-planted trees – I guess that’s creating!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

I love that . . . creating more work for yourself. I create BIGGER BILLS for myself by grocery shopping without list (or by shopping when I’m HUNGRY). :mrgreen:

Gardeners create . . . a nurturing environment for nature. Your stories are creating mystery, intrigue, and a growing FAN BASE.

10. Perfecting Motherhood - May 17, 2013

I heard the other day that when you create something, your body releases endorphines. Now wonder I feel better when I create something. I just signed up for a children’s book illustrating course this week and I’m very excited about it. I need this right now!

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

I’ve never heard that before . . . but I believe it since the act of creating tends to elevate my mood. Enjoy your children’s book illustrating course. Create endorphins! 😀

Perfecting Motherhood - May 17, 2013

I guess it works like the runner’s high. You start creating and you feel good about it.

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Smiling and Laughing also creates endorphins. It’s a win-win!

Enjoy the HIGH. 😀

11. kateshrewsday - May 17, 2013

I am not a big consumer until the moment I see something which will help me create, and then I must have it at all costs. And these can be big-ticket items: my camera is old and grey and full of sleep, and it will cost me £500 to get a new one. But oh, the images I can collect: it is like a butterfly net which freezes experiences fresh, just for me. Sometimes the line beween consumerism and creating is paper-thin.

nrhatch - May 17, 2013

Absolutely . . . the line blurs. When I create something in the kitchen, it’s usually because I plan to consume it! :mrgreen:

And if we take a Creative Writing course or a Watercolor class, we’re consuming the teacher’s knowledge, but using it as a springboard to enhance our future creativity.

You do a FAB job with that camera of yours, Kate. Even if you only take “butt shots.” 😉

12. Three Well Beings - May 18, 2013

These days an awful lot of my life is poured into my grandchildren…and I am never more creative than when I am with them! 🙂 I don’t have any time leftover for those Seinfeld reruns! LOL!

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

Kids are great when we want to exercise our imagination, creativity, and powers of observation. So much more FUN than watching reruns. 😀

13. Piglet in Portugal - May 18, 2013

I created a Mickey Mouse cake recently which was the result of a great team effort. Yesterday, Mr Piglet was bored so instead of doing something creative to fill his time he wanted to go shopping! What I said, we will only spend money we do not have because you’re bored.

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

I saw your Mickey Mouse cake . . . it looked good enough to eat.

Shopping to fill the hours comes with a B~I~G pricetag. :mrgreen:

14. Don - May 18, 2013

Took an aquarelle pencil and a brush yesterday and created a picture. It was a brief action but like a little oasis.

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

Yay! That makes me think that I would enjoy dabbling with my paintbrushes this afternoon.

15. William D'Andrea - May 18, 2013

I’ve hardly created any new writing in over a year. What I have created have been short pieces in response to contests and challenges on different writers websites; but I haven’t been able to come up with anything substantial.

However, I’ve decided to stop the feelings of total frustration, by spending my time reading and leaving feedback on the work of other writers. While that’s nowhere near as satisfying as writing something of my own; I at least feel like I’m accomplishing something and am actually being helpful.

A few months ago I purchased a storage device called a cruzer, which has the capacity to store 16 gigabites of information. That’s 16 billion bites, inside a device which is less than an inch long and a quarter inch wide? That’s very difficult to comprehend.

However, now that I’ve decided to become a reader, until my writing powers come back on, I can download entire books and read them at home, taking all the time I need.

Is anyone reading this, a member of webook.com? If so, have any of you posted projects containing less than 16 billion characters, that you’d like me to read and critique? If so just give me its title and your webook.com penname, and I’ll give it a look.

On webook.com my penname is MrBillyD
Thank you.

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

I don’t know many of our friends from WEbook who both swing by here and still write on WEbook, but your offer is a generous one, MrBillyD. Thanks!

Good plan to read while waiting for inspiration to strike ~ reading often stokes the fires of creativity with just the right spark.

16. sufilight - May 18, 2013

I am always creating, Nancy. Be it an inspirational Facebook page, a book, inspirational refrigerator magnets which I am trying to sell in Ebay, health products, etc, but I notice that what makes me come alive is being of service and making a difference in someone’s life.

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

When we feel like we’ve made a difference . . . we’re creating the change we wish to see in the world. And that makes all the difference, eh?

How can I find your magnets on Ebay? I’d love to check them out. But I’m not promising to “consume” any. 😉

sufilight - May 18, 2013

No need to consume but glad to share. 😀 This is a link to one of the magnets I created; to see the rest click on “check my other items.” http://www.ebay.com/itm/Positive-Affirmation-Refrigerator-Fridge-Magnet-Living-with-Joy-/330919125286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d0c512126

We also sell Master Cleanse kits under our main Ebay account. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221228916179#ht_1250wt_934

nrhatch - May 18, 2013
17. diannegray - May 18, 2013

Creativity is the best, Nancy! Moving the house and planning how I’m going to design the interior is using every creative atom in my body 😉

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

And we’re enjoying watching you flex those creative atoms, Dianne! I’m so glad that you’re sharing the journey with us.

18. sufilight - May 18, 2013

Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

nrhatch - May 18, 2013

And the refrigerator is the PERFECT spot for an affirmation reminder . . . because we’ll see it several times a day.

19. Grannymar - May 19, 2013

What did I create today, apart from a messy clutter, you mean? Breakfast, lunch and about to create dinner. I baked a cake and brought to a neighbour who was recently bereaved. Will that do for now?

nrhatch - May 19, 2013

Go you! If I was nursing a separated rib, I’d be eating cake, not baking cake. 😛

Sometimes creating our daily meals is all the creativity I need.

20. Pocket Perspectives - May 19, 2013

Well….hmmmm…..I guess that each day I try to create a “meaningful” life…

nrhatch - May 19, 2013

And that’s what it’s all about! 😀

21. shreejacob - May 30, 2013

Oo…hmm..well I did create a blog post! Hope that counts! hehe

nrhatch - May 30, 2013

Somedays that’s all I manage to create. I think it counts. 😀

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