We are all born creative beings. As we grow and develop we either nurture this gift and it flourishes, or we neglect it and our creativity fades into the background of our lives. Our educational system, culture, beliefs and the people surrounding us all add to this. We either tell ourselves or let others tell us that we might go wrong and that fear of being wrong or being stupid makes us grow uncreative, if I may. We are forced to toe an imaginary line, taught to follow an unwritten rule and thus in the process, put an end to our creative aspirations. As Albert Einstein once said “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. Amar Ramesh via Scott Bourne.
After all these years, today when I read this - it all became clear. After years of being in survival mode, even trying to extricate any creativity seemed a waste of time. Buried so deep that nothing short of a miracle could uncover the heaps of debris that would...should never see the light of day.
It has taken my more than a few years to see it in myself. I live with one who is natural creative and since I never saw anything like him in myself, I believed that like being musical - some of us got it and some of us don't. Anyone can learn to play the piano but you can tell when it just flows out of certain people. You can't help but notice, it just seems to surround them.
I think the key word is nourish. When I think about what it means to recognize creativity, nourishment is not far behind. When I see Something, whether a photo or song or anything man-made, I am being nourished. I didn't recognize it before, now it's all I can see.
nourish to cherish, feed, support, educate, suckle, preserve, to nurse, foster, comfort and encourage.
When your needs are met you are able to travel in the realms of creativity and start to bloom.
This Mother's Day, if someone has done this for you, say Thank you. If you are a child who have been a recipent of being nourished, start taking a few risks. If you are a mother, look and see how powerful this can be for your child. If you are the nourisher of your life, make sure you are doing it with all your might and then start acting like one who is ready to fly. Be someone who share something with the world that will create, inspire and maybe even teach others how to nourish those who have been given to them... Happy Mother's Day.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org at Wednesday, May 05, 2010