"Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being..." Rollo May
If we have lost our creative spirit, how do we regain or heighten it, no matter what our age? Although this feels counter-intuitive, the answer is to CONNECT TO OUR INNER CHILD BY PLAYING!
When I was a child there were no screens, i.e. TV, computers or iPhones, so I had to find ways to entertain myself. I used chalk to make up games on the sidewalk and played dress-up in sets created in our family garage. I remember plucking the lighted area out of lightening bugs to make jewelry. The thought makes me cringe now. But, it was creative. By eighth grade I completed my first oil painting. Fortunately my creativity was encouraged by my parents.
After I graduated with a BFA degree I had lost my sense of creative playfulness and instead held a narrow and elitist definition of creativity. After all I was an "artist", so to me creativity only meant making art. Fortunately, as I matured I discovered creativity was much more.
I now define CREATIVITY as : Any act/action that brings something new into the world, that also expresses our inner spirit.
As my definition of creativity broadened and I allowed myself to play, my artwork improved. I was juried into major exhibits and had a one-person show at a prestigious Washington D.C. Gallery.
WE ARE THE CREATORS OF OUR LIVES-- including every choice we make and every action we take. No matter what the external world presents to us, we have choices. And, each choice and action can be as a result of creative thinking. Even though the days are shorter and darker. my energy is heightened and I am happy hibernating in my studio. As Bill Moyers said, "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous."
I would love to hear from each of you about how you use creativity in your daily life.
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