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Creative people are risk takers. We try new ways, take new routes, put energy into untried means. We need support and more to be able to accomplish things. 

Because life is hard, there are creator-haters who exist for no other reason than to end creativity. They find creative people, behave in a friendly manner, and then suck the joy right out of a creative person’s soul. 

Haters lean in, smile when you light up with your ideas, gaze wistfully at the horizon, and slowly crush out your light. I am certain these people inspired JK Rowling to invent Dementors. 

“That would be nice” is one of their weapons. Like a crowbar, it forces joy open so that more creativity can bleed out. The creative pours more light thru that opening, and the hater sucks it up. “Oh, how do you think of such good ideas?” Is a rope they tie around a creative’s neck. It sounds so much like a compliment. 

They tighten the rope with laughter. Only after you are dangling do they feel safe enough to finish the job. “I just don’t think that would work.” Or “We tried that once.” And if they want to kick the creative’s dead form to be certain it is dead, “I guess you could do that, but I wouldn’t.” 

Here is the secret: haters are stifled creatives. That is how they get so close; they feel familiar. 

Save yourself, creative person. You are quick and inventive, with a sharp eye. When you brim with joyful ideas, pay close attention to those around you. If they do not also shine bright, if they do not respond with joy and awe, then take up your soul and carry it away. 

Do not return their hate. Haters are in pain already. Just pick up your joys and go home. 

Business Giving Hope

The gentle agreement that is the Paris Accord on Cimate Change has been rejected by the political leaders of Nicaragua and the United States. Syria is too busy tearing itself to shreds to have even paid attention to it. 

Every nation on Earth but mine and Nicaragua understands the science and the dire effects of climate change. Almost every nation and the majority of CEOs are in agreement. 

Businesses and countries alike are willing to voluntarily spend the money necessary to fix this. Business leaders, who scrimp on every turn, who scrape money out of every corner, are spending their money and effort to reverse Climate Change. 

I am heartened by this. Humans have typically just reacted to disaster rather than preventing it. But here we are, educating each other, learning why this situation is such a detriment, and deciding to work together. I am so amazed and proud of humanity. 

Learning the CEOs are signing onto the Paris accord gleams of the brightest kind of hope. The diligence of scientists, who have repeatedly stood in the face of derision and defamation, has won the day. Science seeks facts and to understand reality for the good of humanity. They serve people and this service is their greatest triumph. 

I do not look to business world for guidance. I seldom look to business world even for creative ideas. But here we are, now able to take an example from this circle of money-oriented and timid culture. 

I have hope, more than I did a week ago. 

Wonder Woman

I am so overwhelmed by this film that I can barely compose a thought. For little warriors like me, neglected and disabused of my own strengths, to finally have my own genuine superhero is enormous. 

Diana is not Katniss. Katniss is a human hero, fighting for the survival of her people. Her hand was forced. Katniss shines bright, and I adore her. Her story is one of people caught in political wars. 

Diana is not Princess Leia. Leia was born to a privileged life and saw it ripped away, her home and people utterly destroyed. She is a rogue, fighting back from nothing. She is human, extraordinary and wily. I loved her with all my heart. 

Diana is not Lieutenant Uhura. Uhura was a professional, an officer, sharp and smart member of an elite team of explorers. 

Diana is a god. She is nearly invincible with untold strength and intelligence. She is under no familial duress, has no career aspirations and no agenda. She fights by choice, for love of humanity. She as a god, a superhero, represents what humanity can accomplish, rather than what a person would do. She is femininity, she is might, she is righteousness. She raises our consciousness and gives us strength we didn’t know was there.