I once worked with a woman who told me she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. I assured her that wasn’t true. In fact she crafted serendipitous moments like no one else I’d ever met. Sometimes I’d arrive at work to a tiny surprise on my desk or chair – an encouraging note tucked somewhere unexpected or a spur of the moment lunch invitation to some new café she’d discovered.
It is not surprising. We are each made in the image of a creator God so creativity is part of our DNA.
Maybe you fill your days preparing beautiful meals or inventive snacks that excite the senses … delight the eye and bring a sensation to the palate. Or maybe you ‘paint’ with plants and flowers, creating a garden which brings joy to all those who pass by.
I once knew a man who took on the role of making school lunches each morning for his children and cut them into extraordinary masterpieces, like jigsaws and animals … imaginative fun … his children never knew what would surprise them when they opened their lunch box.
Perhaps you’re good at creating memories. Planning that picnic, that adventure with clues, that rainy day treat or that holiday they will never forget. My daughter made a speech at her 21st birthday party and amongst other things she said that one memory she will always carry was a childhood home filled with fresh flowers in every room.
Or is kindness your creative bent? Are you that person who can imagine a hundred ways to show kindness and love … to family and friends, to those in need or just random acts of kindness?
Creativity is the way we add colour, texture and passion into our everyday lives. Imagine your day as a huge blank, white canvas. What ‘tools’ will you use to add splashes of colour and passion to your day and into the lives of others?
We will never know our potential until we step out in curiosity and explore the unfamiliar paths.
I’ve been fortunate to have travelled alone to many countries where I didn’t speak the language and had no idea where I was going or how to get there, but they have been some of the most challenging and exhilarating moments of my life. They forced me to face my fears, be creative in finding my way around and I discovered things about myself that I wouldn’t have known any other way. Those moments have allowed me to paint from a different palette.
So be curious, choose the path of the undiscovered, and you will find the capacity to be creative in your life in ways you had never thought possible. You will live with more colour and more passion.
Life is a work of art … what will hang in the memories of those whose lives you’ve touched, as brushstrokes of the life you’ve lived?