One of my past co-workers said to me “I’m not creative, I could never do anything remotely creative.” This was her response after walking around a local art festival all day. At an art festival, you are surrounded by creativity and different versions of creativity! Depending on your outlook you can either feel very un-creative as my friend, or you can be inspired! I choose to be inspired by others creativity!
When I walk around art festivals, listen to music, read books and poetry, I’m always inspired! In fact, occasionally when I have a little writers block, I have a music list that I listen to. The music on the list gets my brain thinking creatively and off I write!
Taking a look at someone else’s creative painting makes me smile! Their mind was weaving, viewing, thinking and guiding their thoughts and hand to create a beautiful design. When a musician hears the sound in their mind, they write, record and play it out … into a beautiful sound. When a writer, writes words in beautiful pattern that makes the reader smile or has an a-ha moment … that is magical too! I also love comedians – they know how to take every day things and word them with beautiful timing or perspective to make you laugh! Their comedy can inspire or make you think in a different direction. All these things should inspire you!
And when people take their talent and interact with others … it’s always fun and inspiring to me as well! Check out rapper Mac Lethal, who is known for his fast rapping, as he orders a pizza in this (we’ll assume) real phone call. By the way … watch for the total his order would have cost him had the pizza guy been able to keep up!
When you appreciate creativity, it opens new doors for you. It takes your mind out of the same pattern you’ve been in and gets you thinking in a different way. I feel creativity changes you in that moment. It changes you in a new perspective. That’s the way creativity opens new doors for you. When you surround yourself in creative experiences, your mind is open to new possibilities. It could be a new way of doing something, a new way to work with a product, or get you out of a “block”. Creativity can release you from a pattern and push you into a new direction. Think of all the things that can change when you add in a little creativity!
If you’re like my co-worker I spoke about in the beginning of this post, you may feel you aren’t creative. I say EVERYONE is creative – you just haven’t let your creativity out yet! There was a time when things were bad during my divorce, so bad, I KNEW my creative instincts were dead. Dead as a door nail… nada, zip, zilch. That’s when the book “The Artists Way” was suggested to me. It’s a great book that moves you from non-creative thinking to getting your inspiration and creativity back! Give this book a try – the exercises in it are fun! You’ll find new doors opening for you too!
I am going to look for ways to inspire someone with my creativity this week. I’m not sure how that will look – but I hope it’s with my words or actions. I can guarantee it won’t be as fast as Mac Lethal however!