Monday, October 19, 2009

I recently found a great blog by Laura Hegfield, called "Shine the Divine." Laura has MS and in her blog entry of October 11th, she wrote about how she taught her young art students that "imperfection is the doorway to possibility." That really got me thinking about creativity and how many of us look at it. I have friends who tell me "You're so creative!" and then quickly follow that with the comment "But I don't have a creative bone in my body!"
What holds us back from expressing our creativity? We are all born creative. Look at children with crayons, paint, clay, paper, almost any medium. They create without fear, anxiety or embarrassment that the result will not be perfect. Somewhere along the way, however, we grow up and begin to impose expections of perfection on ourselves. We don't try a particular creative endeavor because we fear that the outcome won't be perfect. By whose standards?
The only outcome that creativity implies is possibility! By creating something, we bring an idea, our unique idea from our own imagination, into the possible. And, what we must remember in creating is that our it is the process of creation that is to be enjoyed, and the possibility at the end of the process that must please only us, its creator.

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