Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Be creative every day. . .


While it’s possible that over the last 5 years of this blog’s history, that I’ve touched upon this topic before, I recently had another opportunity to understand it’s relevance. Whether you work in the arts or not, I think it is important to do something creative every single day.

It can run from something as simple as swirling your initials into the butter on your toast to as complex as composing your next piano concerto – it doesn't matter. Strive to do something, anything, creatively every day.

Humans have a wonderfully unique ability to be creative, we have imaginations. According to Wikipedia, imagination is the ability of forming mental images, sensations and concepts, in a moment when they are not perceived through sight, hearing or other senses. Imagination is the work of the mind that helps create fantasy. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental facility through which people make sense of the world.  It sounds close to magical doesn’t it?

Without our imaginations, we would live in a very drab and dull world indeed. If you don’t take even just a few moments a day to use this gift, it will fade like a rainbow leaving you but clinging to the the output of others’ imaginations like the victim of a sunken ship clutching onto flotsam adrift in an cold, gray, ocean of mediocrity.

So read, or better yet, write a poem during lunch, or put a funky ribbon in your hair, or make a sketch of your cat, or take a walk and bring your camera, make something exotic for dinner or wear something exotic to bed. It doesn't matter what it is – just do it creatively. Every day. And you’ll see your world transform. . .


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