“To allow creativity its appropriate place in our lives and our culture, our education and our family relationships, is to allow healing to happen on a profound level.” ~ Matthew Fox (from his book, Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet)
There’s this notion out there that creative pursuits are somehow “less than.”
That focusing one’s time and attention on creative endeavors is a nice little hobby at best.
That creativity is merely the fuel for a lackadaisical approach to life, while the REAL work happens with those who spend 80 hrs a week flying through mile-long To Do lists, hoping their tailored business suits will contain the stress bubbling through their veins.
Don’t get me wrong — I actually love wearing tailored business suits (from time to time) and I get ridiculous pleasure from checking off To Do list items (for a while), and I totally get the high of fast-paced uber-productivity (for a day or so).
But my most impactful, most profound, most healing (for myself and others) work? It’s my creative work — the writing, the creativity coaching, the website midwifery. Because at its most powerful levels, creativity is a door to self-discovery, deep rejuvenation, and healing ourselves — then our world — through imagining what doesn’t yet exist into reality.
“Our creativity is the soul-deep impulse in all human beings to go beyond the perceptions of the senses to the conception of something new. We begin with what is and make something more of it.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer (from her book, What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul)
We begin with confusion and make powerful questions — the kind that shift your entire realm of possibility — from it.
We begin with anger and make the energy to stand up against injustice from it.
We begin with pain and make empathy from it.
We take something broken – a system, a process, a heart – and heal it through applying creativity to the wounds.
We tell stories, paint, write, cook, garden, bake, dance, design, sing, etc etc, and we add love to the energy within and around us.
Less than? I think not.
Make something more of today. Create.love.