Welcome to Day 17 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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My good friend often says to me, “Diane, you think too much.”
Have you been guilty of thinking too much?
We are creative people.
Yes, even you.
The problem is that creativity gets hindered when we think too much.
And that gives way to this exclamation, “I’m not creative.”
Play is the springboard for creativity.
Obviously this is true for children, because their life work is play.
This old, and no doubt familiar, proverb from the 1600’s is so true:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
As adults, we need to play too. Not only do we work too much, many of us are guilty of thinking too much.
I’m much more creative when I gather a bunch of supplies with a general idea in mind, and then give myself permission to play around with my supplies.
Explore. Ask the question, “What would happen if?” And then experiment.
Play. Exploration. Experimentation.
Too many times we work towards the desired outcome and lose our creativity in the midst.
It’s the times when we create with abandon that we are most creative. It’s then, we are happiest with what we write, craft, cook, etc.
If either of us are to be creative we must allow our ideas to bloom.
When we second guess ourselves, or become critical of our work, or start to compare it, we think too much. We squelch the creative process.
When we force things and try too hard, we also squelch our creativity.
But, when we allow ourselves to play….our creativity flows much more freely.
Do you remember the sweater pumpkins I made for my table? (You can check out that post here.) I didn’t need the sleeves of the sweater for the pumpkins, so I thought I’d cover some vases with the sleeves as I’d seen in blogland in the past.
That wasn’t really a creative expression, though. I was merely copying an idea.
The creative expression came in creating a pumpkin designed to lay on its side from the oddly shaped upper portion of the sleeve that didn’t end up around the vase.
The creative expression came in tromping along the roadside and fields looking for nature’s treasures and coming home with still green oak leaves and arranging them in the now sweatered vases.
The creative expression came in shopping around the house for a few objects to create a mantel display.
The creative expression came in playing and seeing what would happen…and not thinking too hard.
The creative expression came in allowing myself to be creative.
The mantel is today’s creative expression.
The mantel will change. The oak leaves will dry out and I’ll find something else to play with.
What counts the most isn’t the perfect mantel.
What counts the most is having a place to create and make beauty that makes a house a home.
It’s playfully expressing the creativity we each have within us.
Day 17 Challenge: How much time during your day do you allow for creativity? Do you think too much? Do you complicate things? Do you allow time in your day to play? What is it that unleashes your creative juices? What creative endeavor has brought you the most joy or satisfaction? What do you need to do to “be creative”?
Off to play….
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