Dream job. Dream house. Dream vacation. Dream life. How to do I bring these dreams to life? Wouldn’t it be cool if, instead of anticipating the “dream” we lived it every day? There are folks who do.
I’m unstoppable because I’ve decided I am. – Tony Robbins
This morning, around 5am, I began an interesting chat with my Constant Traveller. She asked, Does creativity come to you, or through you?
I have learned, through experience, that it is much easier to speak about what I know than to live from that knowing. It is humbling to admit that there are times when my actions speak so loudly that others cannot hear what I am saying.
Every one of us is an example for someone. That we may not seek it, or even welcome it, or care, doesn’t matter. Regardless of our interest in this pursuit, we will experience its results. Like it or not, we live in a world of cause and effect.
Creativity, as I define it, is being open to possibilities. Elegant. Simple. Engaging.
Creativity comes to you…
Creativity comes to us when we seek it. We enjoy the work of elegant, interesting authors and poets, attend book signings, discuss their work in book clubs. We contemplate and study the theories and ideas and conclusions of elegant and interesting minds. We appreciate the skills of elegant, interesting actors and directors as we watch their films. We enjoy the masterpieces of elegant, interesting composers, singers, and musicians. We attend art galleries and exhibits, or search online for elegant, interesting visual art – painting, sculpture, architecture, fashion, and other objets d’art.
Every day, we are presented with the effects of other people’s creativity. For many of us, that is enough. We are content to talk about the work of others, read the work of others, listen to, sing, or play the songs of others…experiencing an aspect of their creative genius by our vicarious expression of it.
There is nothing wrong with vicarious expression. Every person alive stands on the shoulders of giants. Every student needs a teacher. Celebrating their genius can serve to make us masters in domains of which we may never have dreamed prior to their example.
However, my Constant Traveller invited me to explore further. I have learned that I ignore her voice at the peril of my best life.
Creativity comes through you…
Consider how a child learns to run. They progress from struggling to sit to learning to crawl (or booty-scoot, depending on the kid), to pulling themselves into a standing position, to taking their first few steps, to learning how to run. At some point, generally around 12-15 months, our bottle-sucking, blanket dragger becomes a little speed demon.
How many parents remember that first wicked grin of mastery? That chortle of delight when our child realized he was speedy? Our happiness-tinged fear for her safety when she demonstrated that the rules of the game were now changed?
Folks, guess what? At one time, perhaps way back in the day, that wicked grinner, that delighted chortler, that game changer…was you.
It still is, but somewhere along the way, we have forgotten how to run.
Am I elegant and interesting?
Creativity comes to us all in the form of other people’s creative genius. When we choose to appreciate their story and express their composition, are we, essentially, smiling at the memory of our own wicked grin? Laughing with delight along with those who dream up the reason to laugh? Cheering for the one who expresses his Andre Degrasse brilliance?
No matter how fast a baby can run there are very few adults, no matter how disappointed and disenchanted, who could not run faster than a little kid…if they choose to do so. Somewhere along the way did we leave the wicked grinning, delighted, laughing little speed demon behind?
Feeling that quickening when we act from a WOW! moment of inspiration brings on the wicked grin. Contributing to the flow of a truly funny conversation inevitably brings the chortle of delight. Allowing our personal creative expression to come through us on the pin-point of now demonstrates that we are still that game changer.
Creativity is being open to possibilities in elegant, effervescent expression. It is when we dip our toes into our personal wellspring of possibilities that we begin to imagine the best version of ourselves.
Your best life can only be expressed through your creativity. You owe it to yourself to bring those gifts to life – welcoming them to you and sharing them through you.
What if your dream job, your dream house, your dream vacation…your dream life, is being experienced right now by those who dared to dream?
Who do you think you are? In the realm of possibilities, there is always room for one more…
Friend, when was the last time you ran?
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. – Mary Jean Irion