“[Smart] is an elusive concept. There’s a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To ask an insightful question. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective.” –Bill Gates
I participated in a writer’s group last night. It is so much fun to be creative again. Our members range from highly published authors, college professors, and high school writing teachers to novice writers. Everyone is creative. The secret is that we all become more creative the more we practice. And that practice includes not being judgemental of ourselves and not comparing ourselves to others.
We are all born to be creative. Creativity is in our essential nature because we were all created by a highly creative and imaginative God. When we focus on all the beauty and love around us, we can see its infinite nature. No one is left out. We naturally become more open to creatively experiencing the Divine within us.
When we allow ourselves to move to the rhythm of music and feel the lyrics we can connect to the passion of both the songwriter and the singer. When we look at art, we can connect to the colors, the form, the image, and the media through that piece of art which speaks to us. When we read a beautiful piece of writing, we can connect to the words the writer used and the ways he or she used creativity to tell the story that inspires and moves us.
Whatever your passion is, explore it, by taking a class, or joining a group. Life is both too short and too long to let your creativity go unnoticed. Creativity is our natural birthright. How could it be otherwise? We were created by God to express the Divine unique, nature in all of us. The world needs our creativity now, more than ever before.