December 30     

Today's quotation:

The key question isnít ďWhat fosters creativity?Ē  But it is "Why in Godís name isnít everyone creative?"  Where was the human potential lost?  How was it crippled?  I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create?,  but why do people not create or innovate?  We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.

Abraham Maslow

Today's Meditation:

We all are creative individuals, but I think that most of us find that it's hard to fit creativity into our lives.  After all, we have jobs to do (or school), we have families to raise, we have friendships and homes to maintain.  And all those things can wear us down to a point at which we don't have a whole lot of energy left over for our creative pursuits.  I know that I have a very hard time writing fiction when school is in session-- my brain is simply too tired sometimes to even consider trying to make up stories and characters.

I do my best, though, to make sure that I do something creative.  Perhaps it's writing non-fiction, or perhaps it's working with photos or websites or assignments for my students.  As human beings, the creative urge is a strong part of who we are, and if we don't give it a chance to manifest itself, we're kind of denying a large part of who we are.  We need some sort of creative outlet, or we're ignoring one of our most important gifts.

I like the idea of asking for my crayons back.  Sometimes in restaurants that have crayons for kids, I'll take a pack to my table and draw something on the placemat.  It's fun.  I don't create any masterpieces, but I do create something.  The truth is, though, that I don't want to give up those "dry, uninspiring books," for I've learned an awful lot from them, and I'd like to believe that what I've learned about the real world helps me to be more creative.  But I'd like to have them in addition to my crayons, please, and not instead of my crayons.

As the year comes to a close, it may be a good idea to think about your chances for creativity in the year that's coming up.  Maybe buying a sketchbook with a few hundred pages in it and vowing to draw at least one picture a day-- even if it's a quick sketch that takes five minutes-- could be a way not just to be creative, but to improve your drawing skills.  It could be that practicing the piano for five or ten minutes a day can be a great creative outlet, or writing 500 words a day of that novel you've been wanting to start.  The world is full of chances for us to express our creativity, but it really is up to us to bring those chances to life.

Questions to consider:

What opportunities for creativity are present in your everyday life?  Do you take advantage of them?

Why do so few people express themselves creatively?

What would you do if you had a box of crayons and a sketchbook right now?  Why don't you have them?

For further thought:

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.  Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc.  Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.'

Hugh MacLeod
Ignore Everybody

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