Saturday, April 12, 2014

On Creativity ... one of my favorite topics

There are few things in this crazy world of ours that give me energy as much as doing even the smallest creative act.

I have been thinking about creativity this week, as part of the e.course that I am enjoying.

Brene Brown finds that in the middle of grade school, much of a child's natural desire to create comes to a grinding halt. Why? Comparison.

"The comparison mandate becomes the crushing paradox of 'fit in and stand out.' It is not cultivate self-acceptance, belonging and authenticity; it's be just like everyone, but better." (The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown)

My charming 8 and 5 year old friends spent Friday at our house. I gave them some clay to play with. Cole made colorful balls to roll around our wood floors. And Devin set to work creating some art for my new grand daughter, Lily. 


Devin and Cole are comfortable at our house, knowing how much we love them. They are funny and creative. They dance. They sing. They make us laugh.

But already, I hear their concerns of fitting in at school. Having the popular toys. Caring what their friends think.

Comparison, for sure.

What about you? Does comparison keep you from being creative?

I agree with Brene that, "there's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don't."

Why? Because, we are all "created in God's image." (Genesis 1:27) Look around you ... God is very creative. And so are we ...

Linking with the very creative Soli Sisters. 




 

11 comments:

  1. Brene's quote gives me something to ponder. I'm with you...I always feel more happy when I'm creating-even if it's repotting a plant, writing a letter or drawing a postcard for a grandchild. God is a creative God, yes.

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  2. I love that you share special times with your little friends and you are very observant. I didn't see this in my kids, but I wasn't enlightened back then. I do know that I'm creative in some ways, I studied art for many, many years. But perfectionism held me back, it constantly made me second guess my work and as one instructor told me, I would never "loosen up", To this day, I'm not very good with crafts, knitting or sewing or any sort of thing like that. I'm too worried about the possible mistakes as I go along. I'm happy to say I found cooking, gardening and writing as my creative outlets so I think I'm doing pretty well.

    Thanks for the food for thought, my friend.

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. I find it hard when the littles in our lives lose that innocence and the carefree days of just being happy. I wish there was a magic pill they could take to keep their doubts and thoughts of not measuring up to the rest of the world at bay. Working with them and telling them that they are enough and worthy is all that we can do. I love being creative and share when I do no matter what ~ that comes with age I think! Have a blessed Sunday Glenda.

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  4. Dear Glenda, I also love art and the ability to create. And this week my daughter and I were talking and she asked me why are there no blue tulips. So I said "Why don't you make one out of clay". And she did. I posted on my wall for you. Thanks for reminding us to help our children through art. Creativity is a blessing from God. Kelly H.

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  5. I was raised by an artist so creativity was a big part of my childhood. Yet if I was honest, I'd say comparison may not keep me from being creative, but from sharing it.

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  6. Good food for thought! I love to create - and I love to read about your creativity, my friend.
    ~Adrienne~

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  7. Comparison stops me short every time! Being who we are is a gift, I have to remind myself often of that.

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  8. I love that- "God is creative and so are we". Great post!

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  9. Can I just say "yes, Yes, YES!" So true. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post. <3

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  10. Coming by a bit late (from when you wrote this) ... good thoughts, Glenda. And a good quote by Brene at the end of your post. So true - all of us are creative people, made in the image of our creative God. Thanks for these thoughts! (Enjoy encouraging the creativity in your new little granddaughter as she grows!)

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  11. Yes, comparison does keep me from doing many things. I need to find a way to get over that!

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