Let’s talk creativity. By definition, creativity is this:
- the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
|Synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality; artistry,inspiration, vision; enterprise, initiative, resourcefulness|
Lot’s of people have told me “you are so creative!” And I agree, and then they add “I could never do that” and that’s when I disagree. I think we each were born with a creative muscle. Just like other muscles, there is a wide variety of stages to which each of our own creative muscle is developed.
I was reading an article about creativity the other day. (full article cited below). It was an article by Robert D. Hales. Here are some of my favorite things he said that I’d like to reflect on.
Creative people must have constant curiosity. There are so many things I wonder about. How does that work? How is that made? How do you do that? I think the important step to curiosity is action. Discover, research and experiment! I believe this is also a great way to discover ourselves. How would I have ever known if I was good at hand lettering if I never tried? I love this concept. Again discover, research and EXPERIMENT! Try something new.
This leads to the law of harvest. The law of the harvest is simply that you don’t get something for nothing in life. The scriptures tell us the law of the harvest is that as ye sow(plant). So shall ye reap (harvest). Galatians 6:7 Once we experiment and find something we enjoy, we need to work for it. The more work we put forth the better the harvest.
We have the ability to produce creative works in our daily activities. Creativity can also be used to find solutions to everyday problems by developing new ways of approaching the problems. Do you have problems? Yep, me too. It seems then that we all have an opportunity to develop our creativity. What’s another way to make it work? How is this situation perfect for you?
We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. The characteristics of a creative person can be used to develop solutions for seemingly insurmountable obstacle. We can use originality to overcome opposition. We can develop new ways to help others resolve difficult situations in their lives. People, did you read that? There is no prerequisite for creativity. There is no thought that if you weren’t born with natural talent you are left high and dry. This is great and lovely news! Each one of us can be creative and there is whipped cream on top! (I don’t really like icing) When we develop our creative muscle, we can then use that to lift and help others. That actually sounds like my kind of fun.
The creative approach is a disciplined approach to meet life’s needs. Creative thinking is not a substitute for education, integrity, or living the commandments. Nor is it a shortcut around the challenges of life. Man, I guess I can no longer say that I have “creative spelling” and ugh that word discipline. I think it is meant to be a happy word and one I am coming to love. There are no shortcuts around the challenges of life but creativity can make that work fun. I love having fun, who doesn’t?
Creative thinking can become a process of inspiration that leads us to decisions. And that folks is why I AM HERE. That’s why this website now exists. Creative thinking has become a process of inspiration for me. It has fueled my decisions in creating my life. I want to share, motivate, love all creativity. My creative muscle has been crying out to be built up and flexed. Welcome to this creative spot. I knew you were here just checking out my muscles!