“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

“Probably some of the best things that have ever happened to you in life, happened because you said yes to something. Otherwise things just sort of stay the same.”
– Danny Wallace, Yes Man (2008)

Last week, we had the opportunity to share how to stay afloat in these trying times by staying positive in one of our routine online sharing. Staying positive is a matter of understanding and embracing our internal capabilities including mental health and our emotions. It is especially necessary as the fact that UN has suggested that this pandemic situation may lead to worldwide mental health crisis, particularly related to isolation and uncertainty.  While some groups may be more prone to the crisis, everyone is likely to be affected. 

A crisis brings forth either the best or the worst of humankind. We are seeing people helping and supporting each other in a way that, at times, stunning. We are seeing people coping with creativity; uniting in harmonious melody with people across the street like people at Italy; free food provisions by restaurants; ongoing donations by artists; and many more. It’s like we are letting empathy more into our life aspects, and that’s good news. 

From an entrepreneurial perspective, being strong internally enables one to engage in the pursuit of goals, expectedly for the good. As demonstrated above, human nature is creative at best. In this case, we can define creativity as a capacity of mind that can lead to original expressions (Alton & Alton, 2017). 

From a book called Creativity Cure written by Carrie and Barron Alton, we know there are several traits of creativity:

We especially highlight the trait where one can express feeling/drive. As being creative has been linked to happiness, our self-expression can be regarded as a need. For example, studies have found if we use our hands to write, draw, cook, garden, play music, making crafts – you name it –  can alleviate negative moods. We also know that keeping a tab on our emotions through journaling can help in our emotional management.

Aaaanywaay, as always we are sharing one story on our Medium every week!

This week’s story comes from Caca who felt paranoid about the current world situation. Being separated from her family, especially her mom made her worried sick about what’s going to happen next. In her story, “Berkah Bermuhasabah” (The Wonder of Self-reflection), Caca invites us to overcome the situation by taking a role in life, embracing people around us, and finding hope by looking at a small act of kindness that happened around us, passing it to others!

You can read her story (in Bahasa) by clicking here.

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