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How Granting Yourself a Pardon Can Boost Your Creativity

Do you find that some of your best creative ideas are ones where you just wing it? I have also had some real creative stinkers because I failed to make some sort of a plan. It is these not-so-brilliant outcomes that I want to discuss.

What would be no-big-deal from anyone else’s point of view seems to be huge to my Blockhead; my all-knowing-bossy-expert-on-all-things-Diana internal-critic is named Blockhead and is alive and well, thank you very much.

I’m guessing you have a Blockhead too who loves to confront your small and not so small disappointments such as:

Not doing what you said you’d do
Not starting or completing a project like you’d planned
A project not turning out like you’d hoped

This list could go on and on.

It takes an amazing amount of energy to live with disappointment, guilt, regret, self-recrimination, and grief that it is no wonder we don’t do our art or resist doing what we love. If you have to run the gauntlet of these feelings before you can resume your work, how can you expect to physically and mentally make yourself move forward?

I say, we need a daily forgiveness ritual.

Goofed off yesterday? Forgive yourself!
Left the cap off the tube of paint? Let it go!
Didn’t finish your e-book? Grant yourself a pardon! (You deserve to live!)

Do you know that sound of the needle being pulled across a record to stop the music?I can hear it right now as the thought of forgiveness brings my idea to a screeching halt.

Blockhead says: “You are letting yourself off the hook. You are tolerating bad behavior. You’ll never create anything if you don’t hold yourself accountable.”

What is unforgivable is already done. You can allow your blockhead to have his or her way with you and wallow in the muck or you can choose to give yourself a break and start where you are.

Put the needle back on the record and play the music to the commercial that McDonald’s used for years. “You deserve a break today…”

Give yourself a break today.
A forgiveness break.
A letting-go break.
Beg your own pardon…and grant it.

Don’t get hung up on the term, “forgiveness.” The root of the word forgiveness means to let go. Or you can always pardon yourself. I like that too. Use your favorite pen or paint brush like the Queen’s scepter and tap yourself politely on the head while granting your pardon.

Start your day or your creative project by forgiving you for all the stuff you didn’t do; or do well enough; or didn’t get marked off your to do list.

Pre-forgive yourself for all the reasons you will need forgiving for the whole day. Pre-forgiving yourself could be just the permission giving you need to get started. Oh what a relief that would be.

Humming that little song, “You deserve a break today…” made famous by McDonald’s is your trigger to let go.

Diana Meade is the creator of Energize Your Creativity. She helps creative people turn down the volume on their own internal critic so they can experience confident and carefree creativity. Diana made her living as a working artist for over seventeen years and knows that it does not matter how seasoned or how new you are to traveling the creative path; it can be a rocky road. Even with unlimited skills, time and energy our own negative self-talk can undermine and paralyze our creative intentions. To help quiet the negative inner voice for her clients, Diana conducts online workshops and writes a weekly newsletter on creativity. For more information and lots of creative support go to

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Two Gallants – Las Cruces Jail Album: What the Toll Tells, 2005 Saddle Creek Records Released Feb 2006 Lyrics: Well I spent last night in Las Cruces Jail. Raining hail, born to fail. Nobody come for to go my bail. Sun, don’t you rise no more. Well I shot one man on the county line. Took his dime and I blew his mind. Now I’m just sittin’ here doin’ time. Sun, don’t you rise no more. Well a restless wind is whistling through the windows in my head, through all the scrapes that I’ve survived. And in my hour of darkness I keep counsel with the dead, just enough to remind me I’m alive. Well I write to the governor for to hear my plea but he don’t even answer me. The judge said he’s gonna set my spirit free. Sun, don’t you rise no more. Gavel fell, he chose the day, cattle tie, thirteenth of May. But I don’t plan to go that way. Sun, don’t you rise no more. Goodnight my Anda-Lucia. Don’t buy all the lies that they feed ya. And though you’re heading slowly to some place I can’t respect, I’ll keep you in my collection of regrets. And that’s twenty-one fell by my gun, oh, they all fell the same. Just need one more to match my age. Then I’ll count my killin’ done. but I won’t deny my name: Quickest wrist of chaparral and sage. Now desperate times call for desperate men, I’m just a kid but I’ll pretend my time will come but until then, Sun, don’t you rise no more. Well I see that gallows altar, that circle ’round the Sun. They’re gonna hang me if I stay here, and shoot me if I run

Question by : Why do Presidents pardon turkeys every year @ Thanks Giving time, and what did the turkey do to get in trouble?
Every year a big white turkey is released and said to be pardoned by the President, when did this tradition begin and why? Also has anyone ever saw a black turkey pardoned? just asking, because I haven’t.
Tyler i can’t believe you’ve never seen a black turkey, oh well if you a say so. however they do exist and are plentiful, i kid you not!

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Answer by Jenny K
sigh! the turkey is not in trouble, it’s dinner!

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27 Responses to “How Granting Yourself a Pardon Can Boost Your Creativity”

  • Matthew Elliott:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Delight!!!, January 24, 2004
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (DVD)

    I was in college when this movie came out and I missed it back then. I didn’t think it was going to be any good.

    I ended up buying it, as I’m collecting every movie that’s ever been nominated or has won an Oscar, that’s available on DVD. I was reluctant to purchase this one, but the price was excellent, and grabbed it.

    What made this movie such a treat is the quality of the photography by William Fraker, the musical numbers, especially “Hard Candy Christmas” (fabulous!)and “I’ll Always Love You” (which I cannot understand why it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar as best song, since Dolly Parton wrote it, to my knowledge, for this film and it is great!); the dancing, superb; the whole tongue-in-cheek approach (albeit for adults–this is not a movie for kids) works; and they way they got away with all the whole thing, is astonishing. Granted, it’s based on a very popular Broadway musical, but they seldom translate well to the screen…and with Burt and Dolly in the leading roles? Well, they’re fabulous! Dolly is simply magical, and everything about her is perfect for her role as the madam Miss Mona.

    Charles Durning as the governor of Texas does a brief but smashing job–it’s a brilliant sequence, and now I understand why he was nominated as best supporting actor for this movie.

    Overall, if you want to have a good time, light fun, listen to some good tunes, and ultimately feel strangely satisfied and happy, I recommend this film. It’s actually excellent and hasn’t aged a bit in 20 years…it’s more fresh today than probably back when I was in college and thought it was “trash”.

    Now I think it’s a pleasure. Not for kids, however. But adults who aren’t as snobbish as some college students can be at times, will get a kick out of this surprising delight!

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  • Kyle:
    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Makes an excellent social commentary, November 29, 2003
    Matthew Elliott (Atlanta, GA) –

    This review is from: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (DVD)

    This movie is incredibly entertaining from beginning to end and goes through a wide range of emotions and human trials and tribulations – humor & sadness, triumph and failure, loyalty and hypocrisy, etc.

    I think that most people watching this movie miss, what is to me, the most important point of the entire movie.

    You have a small town with a whorehouse that has been in existence for over 100 years. The people in the town have no problem whatsoever with the whorehouse. In fact, many of residents talk about why they support it.

    It’s the people elsewhere that have a problem with the whorehouse. It’s something that they don’t condone and they want to force their beliefs on the people in the town, disregarding completely how the people in the town itself feel.

    It’s a problem that exists in America and is one that I personally think is brought to light in this cleverly written musical. People are busy worrying about what their neighbors are doing rather than focusing on their own lives. Most of it comes from religious wackos like the one portrayed by Dom Deluise.

    The serious commentary is cleverly hidden within the dancing, singing and action, but it’s still there. Taking this into consideration adds a new dimension to the film and the viewing experience.

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