Monday, Nov 16 2009 

How do you define spirituality?

Spirituality is anything that is more than one’s self. It is the belief in others around you, it is the belief in importance beyond one’s own personal gain. Spirituality is not an object, but rather the feelings and emotions that attach a person to an outside community.

Does spirituality differ from religion?

For myself, spirituality and religion are one and the same. However, I do believe they can be different. The belief in a religion can be far more restrictive in it’s definition. It can be limited to the desire or belief in a higher power. While spirituality can encompass items on a much smaller scale like the mere attraction to another person or the pleasures of life.

How do you define “creativity?”

I define creativity as the ability to express one’s own images and beliefs in a manor that is meaningful to themselves. For instance, a painter creates the world through his paintbrush and parchment, while a musician expresses his creativity through rhythm and lyrics which establish the musicians own outlook on life.

What is the source of creativity?

The source of creativity is the underlying desire for a person to want happiness, which also stretches to include the desire for meaning for life and hopeful substances beyond death. Through these desires comes the wishes ad dreams of an individual which is then expressed through creative actions. For example, if one desires to be the greatest basketball player in the world, they may write about themselves being the star of the NBA. Or, if one was subject to a bad childhood, they might write about a loving family. So, creativity stems from one’s desires and wishes.

Personal Adornment Reflection Monday, Nov 2 2009 

The way I dress almost directly defines who I am as a person. I am a tomboy through and through. I have always taken it upon myself to dress for comfort, and athletic performance, I where men’s jeans, somewhat baggy shirts, and sneakers for almost all occasions. I also keep my hair short so that it wont interfere with my running, and where a hemp necklace to portray my love of the environment. I also where flannel and Carhart clothes too keep warm, which shows off my farming side. I tend to not care too much about what others around me think and a lot of my friends tend to admire me for it. In fact, I find most of my female friends trying to steal my clothing, which I find rather amusing.

All of my family is rather reserved in the way we dress. My entire father’s side of the family dresses in farm clothes because they own a dairy farm, and my mother’s side of the family just where jeans and a t-shirt. We are very casual dressers. My brother and I tend to where a lot of sport related clothes because we are so active, but other than that basically jeans and t-shirts. My family has always been a little old fashioned in the sense that they don’t like to show a lot of skin, as they feel this gives the wrong impression about ones personality. Also, because we are so active, it is much easier to dress for comfort. As far as my peer community, it depends on what group of friends I am with.

Most of the girls in my community where women’s jeans and tight shirts, but they still tend to not where belly shirts, but just regular female cut shirts that cover a decent amount of skin. Most of the community holds a lack of respect for people who dress without much clothing. The men in the community either wear what one might consider skater clothing or farmer clothing. It just depends on what group of people you are talking about. The one good thing about my community is that it is small. Almost everyone knows each other, and thus we hold respect for each other and try to watch out for one another.