Are you creative?
You might say, “Oh, not me. I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”
I want to challenge your thinking about that. I believe our lives require creativity to solve problems and all the thousands of minor decisions that cross our path daily.
On one of my recent excursions into a nearby small town, I spotted a bookstore. I’m a sucker for a bookstore, especially the kind you find in small towns with antique shops, quaint breakfast, and lunch diners. While online book browsing offers convenience, nothing compares to meandering the aisles and exploring those racks near the counter.
That’s where I found a display of magnets, stickers, and other items no one really needs. The sticker that caught my eye sits on my desk to remind me:
I will understand that you might not find anything spectacular in that message. What struck me is that we often don’t see ourselves as creative individuals. That status, we assume, belongs to more sophisticated and experienced artists, writers, or musicians.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Every one of us carries a spark of creativity.
If anything breaks around our house, my son will find a way to extend the object's useful life. My family likes good food, and I've eaten more than a few delicious meals created without a written recipe. I have a friend who creates knitted scarves and speaks out for justice.
I’ve met educators across the country who constantly amaze me with their innovative ways to engage children in learning. I've worked with men and women who found solutions to keep manufacturing production moving despite dated equipment or improve the backlog of purchase orders.
All around me, I find inspiration from those of you who choose to color your world with broad strokes of fierce love and creativity.
Are you creative? Yes. Yes, you are.
Inspiration worth sharing . . .
- You might find your creative spirit in an unlikely activity—play. Here are three reasons you should do it every day.
- The actor, director, writer Ethan Hawke takes nine powerful minutes to give yourself permission to be creative.
- A few songs to kick your creativity in gear: Gladys Knight, I’ve Got to Use My Imagination; Gary Wright, Dream Weaver; and one from my favorite frog, Kermit, Rainbow Connection.
Inspiring words . . .
Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.
—Edward de Bono
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Be and become #YourBest today and every day.
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