I think of creativity as the disparity between passion and reason. In my estimation, it draws from two sides of the coin. That being said, it only stands to reason that creativity can have a dark side to it as well. When we turn to the resourcefulness of our imagination we find many things. Most of the time, we discover something different from what we expect depending on the appealing enthusiasm which we associate with the endeavor we are participating in or, chose not to. Creativity clearly has a mind of its own, meaning that its outcome is never really certain. One thing is for sure, being dispassionate about a project is the best way to suppress creative flow. Rigidity of mind, multitasking leading to distraction, exhaustion, poor mental or physical health all impair the potency of our creativity.
Creativity is in the genes or, if properly cultivated, it can be developed. It encourages us to think beyond the four sides of the box – on top of the box, about various sides of the box and, completely out of the box. Creativity has its own spirit. It’s a force that sometimes feels as if it sweeps through us. It’s infectious in some situations, as witnessed on teams when creative individuals are assembled to brainstorm and are able to successful execute their vision as one collective mind.
Routine has the power to destroy our creativity just as our own inferiority does from exposure to constant scathing criticism of our ideas. Many artists, or, would have been great authors have given in and eventually, given up because of the lack of inspiration or constant assaults on their vision. Our creativity desires to be nurtured, protected, defended and, most importantly, respected by not only others, but ourselves. In other words, we need to have a strong enduring relationship with our inner child – the playful part of our personality that comes through when we are creative. There is at the root of every creative undertaking an innocence that suggests that the creator is present in every aspect of the process as it moves through the evolution of its development.
Creativity places its own demands on us as all worthwhile actions always do. It insists on repeated practice day-in-and-day-out. Its refinement is obvious in the person who continuously courts its favor. Creativity also stresses the need to travel its own path, beginning with the personality and the uniqueness of the individual who sets out to express the inner workings of their soul through the material manifestation of their work. Its dynamic laws are always in effect as long as we adhere to them we can reap the benefits of our creative gifts.
Our special talents that we bring forth when we create something new are nothing short of divine. They supersede any of our capabilities known to us prior to the commencement of an innovative product of our own making and design. The majesty of creativity is that it vanquishes all obstacles in the stages of the formation of the object of its own conception. We are but mere translators who communicate creativity’s message to those bestowed with the capacity to appreciate the value of efforts expended to produce the piece of art as it is perceived.
Each of us is given the same timeframe. We all have 365 days a year to demonstrate some aspect of our creative nature. Every day affords us 24 hours from which to schedule a time to commune with our creative spirit. What endeavor could possibility fill us with more inner satisfaction than our own very special brand of creativity?