“There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.” Guidepost #6 from “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene’ Brown.
A few months ago, I read this line from Brene’ Brown’s book and I was immediately taken back by it. I sat and thought about this for a while.
Did I have something inside of me that made me creative? I knew the answer was yes but what did that look like? What did it mean to be creative? Do you have to be able to paint? Or draw? Or write? (I don’t think so anymore) I always wanted to be that type of person but I just didn’t feel like I fit into the BOX of creative. (Ironic huh?) I would look at other people and think Wow! THEY are so creative because they can… whatever it was. I used to feel like maybe I had a few ideas but they weren’t good enough to be on a creative team or committee.
Recently, I have been learning to be what I already was, creative. I have been allowing this side of me to flow out through writing, worship, prayer, journaling, and drawing (maybe doodling is a better word for that?). I have been tapping into this part of me that was always there. I believe I am creative because I am made in the image of THE CREATOR. I am not creative because I can do certain things or like to do certain things. I am creative because of who I belong to. Isn’t that amazing?! Not me, but Him. This thought really motivated me to begin to see what was inside of me that God wanted me to unleash.
Now, if you know me, or if we have spent 5 minutes together, or if you have read this previous blog post, you might know, I like things organized. Like I love it! AND what I’m learning about the process of creativity is things aren’t organized. (My Brain is like WHAT?!?) There isn’t a final destination or set deadline always. I have had to allow myself to write for a little bit, close the computer, and walk away with this unfinished piece. Or I’ll have an idea about something, jot it down on a post-it and save it for later. Like months later.
Although this has been tough for me but it has also been really FUN. God has been so gracious to lead me so patiently. There has been such a freedom in being able to have an idea, listen to the Holy Spirit, and go after it. It has been so freeing to just allow Him to work through me and not force anything. It hasn’t been about striving for perfection but just progress.
One of the pit falls in being creative is the undeniable desire to compare your work to someone else’s. In her book, Brene’ Brown also says, “Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared.” YOU are the only YOU! You are the only one who can tell that story, write that book, take those pictures, cook that meal, love those kids, that way! You are an original and one of kind which means so is your story and how you choose to tell it. How cool is that?! I can’t even compare you to me or me to you because it is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are fruit and are similar but unique in their own way and in some ways completely different.
So what about you? What does God want to unleash? What creative-ness should you tap into and allow to blossom? I want to encourage you to GO FOR IT! Do you! Boldly Be Creative because the world is waiting.
P.S. I LOVED this book and if you are interested in getting it click here. I highly recommend it! It has great tips and practical application.