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I’ll bet a bunch of people reading this title will say to themselves (if you got this far in the post), “There’s no point in reading it because I’m not creative.”
Every one of us was born to be creative. But I understand the motivation to believe that you’re not.
For most of my life I thought I was not a creative person. I didn’t invent things. I was not a great painter. I didn’t turn the world upside down with my incredibly brilliant ideas.
So, I described myself as a person who wasn’t creative. At all. And of course, the more I said I wasn’t creative, guess what? I was only marginally creative. In spite of my denial, though, that tiny seed of creativity sprouted. And over time I stopped denying I was creative and I became even more creative.
So, if we were designed to be creative, why do we deny that we are? The reasons abound. First, we’re insecure. We think that, even if we try to create, we’ll fail. Or our creations will be ugly. Or insignificant. Or trite. (The list is a long one.)
Or we’ve been told we’re not creative or smart.
Or we compare our creative talents to other people and feel we’ll never match up.
If these descriptions sound like you, cut it out!
When I say you were designed to be creative, I mean it. You are divinely encouraged to continue the creation that G-d began. Insecurity or laziness doesn’t get you off the hook. Plus, not creating is really a drag.
So, let’s start this self-reflection all over again. Let’s assume that you are creative, that you must be creative because G-d believed that you were capable of continuing his creation. Even if you’re not religious, your brain is designed to take you in creative directions.
Next, stop saying you’re not creative. Never, ever say that again. Because it’s simply not true.
Then you can start expanding your view of how your creativity is uniquely designed for you. For example, I started looking around at all the beauty I’ve created. Are they masterpieces? No. Who cares? They are beautiful and fill my heart and mind with deep satisfaction and joy. What are the creative things I do? For one, I write. I’m no Ernest Hemingway but I love to write. I’m much encouraged that some people like my writing, so I write more.
And my writing brought me to the challenging and delightful experience of writing two books with my friend, @iwe. Then we started to explore the Torah, and those times are remarkably creative, learning times.
I don’t want to forget my other creative experiences. I knit. Sort of. Well, I do, but with mixed results. But you can’t tell me that my lovely shawls and the baby booties I knitted were not creative acts. I raise orchids, a hobby I acquired from my late, beloved uncle. Watching them grow, pruning them, fertilizing them and talking to them is a creative activity and reminds me of him.
I listen. I try to be present when I listen to others. The way I listen, respond to them (or not) is a creative action.
So that’s enough lecturing, ah, description of the ways I’m creative.
Why do I say we are “called to be creative”?
Because our world demands our creativity! We must become engaged and solve problems in creative ways. Our friends need us. Our communities need us. Our country needs us. We are called in so many ways to feed our creative juices in ways that will not only solve problems, but will also heal hearts, mend souls and provide new ways of thinking. There are limitless ways to pursue the creative process.
So, I hope that you will explore your own creativity.
Even better, share you own creative actions, however small, in this post; you can inspire others to dip their toes in the creative stream and join the rest of us. Be assured that no one is in a position to judge what you call creative.
So tell us, how are you creative?Published in