Nurture Your Creativity (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 89)
“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.”
— James Russell Lowell
We were made to be creative. Every person has a creative part of them in some way, shape or form. Creativity is the most important tool we have in the human race. Without creativity, there is no room for ideas. Without ideas, there will be no progress. And without progress, we resign ourselves to stay where we are, do the same things over again, and never realize who we were meant to be.
In order to develop ideas and make progress, we must consistently nurture creativity. Nurture is just that — to care for and to encourage the growth of your creativity. It is like being a parent. One of the important jobs of parenting is the nurturing of children. The more you nurture something or someone, the better they will turn out. Creativity is not magic; it takes work. Effort behind creativity produces great rewards.
Creativity needs conscious, intentional purpose. Like crops need water in order to grow, creativity needs to be watered each and every day in order to develop. If you have a great idea or are good at something, commit to nurturing that creativity several times a week. If you intend to become successful and fulfilled, it is important to have a mentality that is devoted to this practice. We all have the same amount of time in the day and if your creativity is important to you, you will find time to nurture it.
Essentially, learn to have fun with your creativity. Treat it like a human being. If you love yourself (or anybody else, for that matter) love creativity too. Your creativity loves you already. Using your creativity to affect positive change in the world around you is a risk that you can afford to take. Embracing your own creativity keeps you from becoming jealous of other people who are also creative and who are using their creativity in amazing ways.
Here’s the thing about that: allowing your unused creativity to turn into bitterness or envy only hurts you. The person who you’re directing that negative energy to often doesn’t know who you are or what you’re doing. So don’t waste time with that. Life is too short not to invent, dream, think, and create. Take what you know and rearrange it to find something completely new. Your creativity is your individuality talking.
“Without playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.”
— Carl Jung