Happy International Dot Day.
From the moment I realised that the stones from the beck made a red mark on the pavement and the jam spilled on the table could be swirled into interesting patterns, creativity has been an intrinsic part of who I am. I hungered to learn more and more about my own abilities and, later, how the creative industries worked, devouring qualifications, experiences and opportunities that would develop my skills, and I never travel without basic supplies, but what impassions me more than anything is encouraging others to have confidence that they too can be creative, and then seeing them blossom, flourish and discover deeply healing things about themselves through their own unique abilities. I believe that art, theatre, writing, storytelling and craft are elements that can literally save our lives, restore our well-being and give us the courage to explore and discover the possibilities for ourselves and our world, and the transformations that can come about in individuals as they discover the reality of all that is within them is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful things to witness.
Since 2009, schools and businesses have joined in this global celebration of creativity, collaboration, and courage, inspired by Peter H Reynold’s The Dot.
The Dot is a gloriously wonderful little storybook for all ages, with a big, big meaning, written by an author and educationalist whose continual focus is in enabling individuals to be strong and affirmed. A little girl is asked to do some artwork with the rest of her class, but whilst the others cover their papers with colour and pattern, Vashti is afraid to make a mark on the blank page. Her teacher dares her to simply put one dot with her pencil and to sign it. What begins with a tiny dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire children and adults around the globe.
Each year on International Dot Day, the emphasis is put on enabling people of all ages and from all walks of life to ‘make their mark’, re-discovering the power and potential of creativity and creative thinking in all they do.
I would encourage you to ‘make your mark’ on this International Dot Day. Perhaps you think you can’t draw, or write, or paint, or perhaps you once loved to create but someone discouraged you along the way and you stopped, feeling you were not good enough or knocked by rejection. You Are Enough. YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH.
Try just one dot, one word, one stitch, one doodle, or one mind-map, and see where the creativity leads you.
Do you remember the Flintstones? The Flintmobile was Fred’s snazzy set of wheels. In fact, that’s all it was; a set of wheels. The car had no engine, but was Fred-powered. He would put his feet to the ground and run like mad to pick up speed, but through Fred-power he arrived at surprising destinations and had wonderful adventures. YOUR vehicle is you-powered. Sometimes you may need an encouraging push from behind or a serendipitous collaboration to get you moving, but once you find your feet in your creativity it will take you on imaginative you-powered journeys that will transform and shape your future authenticity, and, little by little, change the world.
How will you make your mark today? Celebrate creativity today and every day.
It begins with just one dot…
This part of my site isn't about me at all.
It is about watching, observing and reading the work of others. Those who know what they are about, who have honed their crafts over many years and for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration.
I have learned, and continue to learn, so much from each show watched, each book read, each art work discovered and each person encountered, and I am humbled by their generosity of spirit in giving so much.