The five element theory is a way of taking a lot of information and organizing it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Used properly it becomes a way to understand complicated relationships and see solutions to problems. Martial arts strategy is a very complex dynamic and readily lends itself to being analyzed in a five element system.
For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity.
The most effective and meaningful changes I’ve observed have come from both embracing creative practices and also establishing new foundations: generative principles of engagement, expanded mind sets, new frameworks, and entering into a “co-creative partnering” type of relationship with each other, and with the unknown. For example, weaving improv-based principles as the rules of engagement in meetings can transform both the energy and outcomes
The story of Pixar on the surface but really the learning journey of how a geek learned to lead one of the world’s most successfully creative businesses.
We all get caught up in our stories. Most of us think we are our stories. It’s when those stories take on a life of their own, and that life isn’t the one we want, that things start to suck.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom in not putting it in a fruit salad.’ We seem to be seeking short cuts, ‘get rich quick’ solutions. We want stuff to happen now, to happen fast. In so doing we lose the essence of wisdom, of skill at a high level. This takes time to acquire, to practise, to refine. It takes time to understand when things work and what makes them fail in other situations. It takes time to suspend judgement, to not view things in terms of absolutes, good or bad, right or wrong. Sometimes we forget what it is to learn. Every so often it is good to be reminded.
The moral of this story is that the process of making art — whether that be writing, painting, singing, dancing, or anything in between — is good for you.Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve and we’ll all be better off for it.