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When messy is good?

I read an article today on CBC’s Tapestry show website  that took me a little by surprise, it was entitled Don’t be a neat freak: Why messiness is good for the soul. For quite some time now I’ve been trying to organize things at home, trying hard to clean up my office, workshop, etc… in hopes of also clearing my mind and then along comes with article which seems to suggest that having a mess around one’s environment might actually be beneficial for the mind and increase creativity. It goes on to say that having a messy and disorderly place might actually make one more creative as it forces us to circumvent obstacles, either visual and/or physical. I started thinking of this and how some of my best ideas and solutions are often found when I have to scavenge through an old parts bin, or perhaps going through my small containers in my workshop looking for a doohickey or thingamabob to fix or make something. The article ends with mentioning how in 1975 Keith Jarret, famous Jazz pianist was invited to play in Köln, Germany and upon arriving there found that the piano on stage was not in best condition. However, rather than quit or find another piano at the last minute, he decided to go ahead with the concert. Facing an out-of-tune piano with sticking keys, Mr. Jarret, always the consummate professional decided to change and play around this piano’s foibles, the result, which I’m listening to as I type this post, is an absolute feast for the ears. Jarret had to play things differently when faced with such a mess, much like we all have to become more creative to deal with what can sometimes be very chaotic environments around us. So, I leave you with Mr. Jarret’s stirring piano concert from 1975, enjoy.