all have the potential to be original and creative.
We all have truly unique visions and ideas--that's the
very nature of who we are, completely unique and very
creative. True creativity, though, isn't seen all
that often in our daily lives. After all, most of
our models of creativity aren't creative at all--songmakers,
moviemakers, television and radio producers, almost all
are making "products" based on what they think
will sell. And they decide what to make based on
what is selling now, copying the same over-used formulas
and ideas that others already have used successfully.
original also opens us up to criticism, especially when
people don't understand where we're coming from. And
why should they understand, when they can't get inside of
our minds or hearts to understand our personal
creativity? The trick for us obviously is not to
take their lack of understanding personally, not to take
it as an insult, when they criticize the results of our
may be the highest form of flattery, but to ourselves,
it's an easy way out, a safe way to express ourselves in
ways that could be more creative and fulfilling.
Creativity, though, takes work, first of all to depart
from our learned tendency to imitate, and second of all to
reach inside and find what truly wants to come out of
ourselves in the form of expression.
inside of you? How might you express yourself in
ways that truly reflect your creativity and your love for
your life and yourself? What might you contribute to
the world in a truly unique way if you were to trust your
creativity fully? You have the power to create
rather than imitate, so just how can you use it and make
things that you're proud of no matter what others might