WHEN WE EXPRESS OUR CREATIVITY, WE ARE GIVING A GIFT TO OTHERS.
This past weekend was very enlightening as it reminded me of something important about creativity. I went to Philadelphia to visit my daughter and her two sons. Saturday we spent the day at the Franklin Institute, enjoying the Egyptian exhibit and hands-on activities for the boys. While I was watching the boys play, a little girl I didn't know (about four years old) approached me and said she wanted to give me a wire ring she had just made. Without waiting for an answer she took my hand, put the ring on my finger and left. It felt like a little angel had touched me.
Later that evening I was helping my youngest grandson finish the edges of a bright lime green and red-violet potholder. To my great surprise the next morning, just before I left, I found a beautifully wrapped box containing the potholder. Now, every time I use that potholder I will think of him and having fun together.
THE MOST VALUABLE GIFT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE CREATED.
WHEN WE GIVE A GIFT OF OUR CREATIVITY WE ARE:
SHARING WHO WE ARE. Because what I create expresses a part of my Self, when I give someone one of my creations I am sharing a part of me.
EXPRESSING LOVE. What I create comes from my heart, so when I give away a photograph or a painting, I am expressing my heart-felt affection for that person.
CONNECTING TO THE OTHER. With a creative gift, I am affirming an energetic connection between myself and the other. My gift lets that person know I am thinking about them and that they are an important part of my life.
LEAVING BEHIND A WAY TO BE REMEMBERED. When I leave this earth I want to leave a creative mark for others to enjoy. Whether it is for my family or for the general public, I want to leave a legacy about something I have learned, believed, or witnessed. Only others will decide how important it is, but I will have done my part.
IT IS ALSO JOYOUS TO RECEIVE CREATIVE GIFTS.
OTHER'S GIFTS TO ME ARE A GIFT OF THEIR SPIRIT.
Being given a poem, listening to someone's song, attending a performance -- a dance, or a play -- feels like receiving a gift. Someone has put their heart and soul into that creation. They have shared a part of themselves with me, and as a result what they have created brings forth their spirit.
As I continue to write and share blog posts, I realize I am doing what that little girl and my grandson did. This form of my creative process allows me to share and to connect with others -- many of whom I will never meet -- and feels like an incredible privilege.
Give yourself a creative gift and watch Sergei Polunin dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-tW0CkvdDI
What are your creative gifts that you share with others? Do you have a beautiful garden? Do you invent new recipes? Do you volunteer with non-profits and share creative ideas? There are so many ways to be creative. What are yours? I would love to hear from you.