One of the things I love about weekends is the time to recharge my mental and creative energy. “Five Manifestos for Life” from Brain Pickings does the job nicely today:

“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love…” Read More

I am reminded of E. Paul Torrance‘s manifesto for creativity, which he based on his 40-year longitudinal studies of creative individuals. I’ve quoted it here before, but I could use another reading:

E. Paul Torrance’s Manifesto

Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity.

Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit, and enjoy your greatest strengths.

Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and walk away from the games they impose on you. Free yourself to play your own game.

Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you.

Don’t waste energy trying to be well-rounded.

Do what you love and can do well.

Learn the skills of interdependence.

(From The Manifesto: A Guide To Developing a Creative Career, by E. Paul Torrance)