There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
You do not have to be a fine artist or a professional musician to be creative. You can approach the whole of life creatively. Creativity teacher Julia Cameron tells her students, “Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.” We are all meant to live creatively. Preparing a tasty new dish, planting a garden, writing a poem, restructuring a company, singing a song, decorating an office, sewing a doll’s dress, building a tree house—we are born to express ourselves through creative choices.
You can learn to practice the art of creativity by applying lessons from the ways artists approach their work. Invest your energy in what you love. A gifted musician loves the music, an athlete the sport, a teacher the learning, an artist the color and light and form.
There are no “wrong” answers in the creative process. Don’t let perfectionism keep you from creating. Process, not product, is the point of any creative activity. Often it is the “mistakes” that lead to a new way of seeing, a new way of approaching our work.
Set aside time to nurture your creativity. Give yourself permission to enjoy a better quality life by creating something that satisfies your heart and soul.
• Activity: Choose to do one small creative activity today. Take pleasure in what you do, knowing that the act of creation can enhance your serenity and inspire a more focused approach to life.
Affirmation: Creative work is a healing adventure. As I allow myself to create, I learn new and wonderful life lessons. I heal myself and I heal others through my creativity.