"I'm not that creative" is a profoundly dangerous myth. The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.
We are makers.
"Creativity literally means the ability to create ... and the root meaning of the word means ‘to grow’. .. living fully, openly, deeply is a creative act. Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. It is the ability to see different possibilities and to imagine something new.
Creativity is immensely important in our everyday life. Researchers have found that creativity and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, is emerging as a lifelong protective factor - it decreases negative emotions, reduces stress and anxiety. Studies also show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknown. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain and keeps the brain healthy, and gives us the awareness of what else is possible."
I have always had a need to create something. From the time I was a child I played with paper, crayons and was always looking for more reasons to be creative. I learned to knit, sew, crochet, paint, carve, stitch, applique, work with wood and so much more. If it gave me a reason to be creative, I wanted to try it. My mother used to tell me that I was like her mother who could make something out of nothing.
Sometimes I wondered if there was something wrong with me to have such a strong need to create but then there were times, when I knew that it was a gift that had kept me grounded throughout my life.
Women by nature, need to have a creative outlet. It is healthy and without it, they have an emptiness that they really can't explain. In the busyness of our lives, we often get caught up in the responsibilities and expectations of others. We force ourselves to fit into a box that defines us to the outside world, yet we are so much more.
Too many women go home at the end of the day to face more work and responsibilities, with little time to fill their creative needs. They tell themselves that someday they will have time to pick up a paint brush or learn to knit that scarf or play the piano. Someday after they get everything else done, they will be able to relax long enough to enjoy a passion that they have been forced to put away.
Don't ever think that you are not creative for that is a limiting belief that you were made to believe about yourself and unfortunately you accepted the lie. Creativity is not just for artists, sculptors, musicians and writers. Everyone was given the gift of creativity and everyone can and should use it as a positive influence in their lives.
Creativity is not just about making something. It is also about being willing and able to see the world differently. It encourages us to move past our fears and to play with possibilities that often lead us to find the solutions for our challenges. It is often the vital link to being able to make better choices and changes in our lives.
Creativity is an important part of a balanced lifestyle, just like exercising and healthy eating. So I want to encourage you to give yourself permission to set aside some time to be creative and to play. I know that you will rediscover some of the most wonderful parts of yourself.
Find out more about this as well as so much more about yourself in
The Gift of Retelling Your Story
"Don't chase rainbows... paint them"
~ Mary Robertson
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
~ Steve Jobs