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Article on Creative People

Connie Sunday said: Apr 13, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Great article my friend, the violist Tanya Solomon, posted to my Facebook page;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-barry-kaufman/creative-people_b_829563.html

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me I’m “too sensitive.” In response I always think, maybe they’re “too insensitive,” but I don’t say it, as a rule. Lots of pain, but lots of pleasure, too. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but it does come at a price.

Ms. Sunday

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Kelly Williamson said: Apr 14, 2013
Kelly WilliamsonTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Flute, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Cambridge, ON
246 posts

Thanks for sharing this! You know what I hate, aside from being told I’m too sensitive, or too something else? It’s when people say (of themselves), “I am more sensitive/have deeper feelings than other people”. Or “it’s easy for some people…”—everyone else’s life presumably being easier than theirs. How do they know what other people feel?!

Those of us with wider perception tend to realize that, like ourselves, other people experience realities that we don’t witness.

Early in my teaching days, when I had difficulties with a particular parent in my program, I realized that this kind of thinking was really helpful. It would have been easy to focus on my own feelings of frustration in the situation, lay it all on this particular mother, and enumerate all of the things that were wrong with her. When I focused on the fact that her difficult behaviour was coming from a place of love—for her child—it was much easier to relate to her.

Assumptions really can be dangerous!

Kelly

Susan said: Apr 14, 2013
 Violin, Viola
22 posts

Well said! When adults or kids get frustrated with me or with other people I tell them just like I told my own kids….don’t judge till you walk a mile in their shoes!
You have no idea how their day has been, what happened to them. I work at living this philosophy and most times it’s not too bad, but with some people on some days….well, I just hope that will think about how my day was.

Paula Bird said: Apr 15, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I like to ask myself, “What else could this be about?”

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

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