"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Living Your Life as a Creative Adventure

By Micky Wolf

Art—as only a gerbil can create

Paint a picture, oils or pastels. 

Compose a concerto, or a lyrical lullaby.

Write a book, or a four-stanza poem.

Build a cozy cabin, or erect a kingly castle.

Any and all of these undertakings could result in creating masterpieces to entertain and inspire for the ages to come. Or a more typical reality, serve as lovely pieces of artistic design to delight a few, maybe at most, several thousand.

It’s easy to think of being creative as something reserved for the over-the-top-talented minority among us. Not so fast.

If we begin at the beginning—you and I conceived and created in the image and likeness of God—it becomes easier to embrace the larger concept of creativity and art as something each of us have been given opportunity to explore by the very nature of being present in this world.

Why is it important we view our life from this perspective?

We can choose to stand on the sidelines and be observers, or we can make the choice to be fully engaged participants. The sooner we let go of the idea that we need to possess exceptional talent in order to be creative, the sooner we begin to live our life with joy and an openness to the beauty and goodness in and around us. 

Living a truly creative life is not about trying to achieve something per se—success, recognition, wealth, awards—it’s more about bringing your unique interpretation to bear on the experiences and events of everyday life.

Keep it simple and consider the endless possibilities.

Three cooks in our family create amazing fried chicken. Not a single recipe is the same. Well, except for the chicken parts.

Two men I know well (including my beloved) have accumulated a variety of tools over the years—along with a wonderful knack for building the-how-did-I-ever-get-along-without-this-gizmo, gizmo. And yet each often has different ideas and different approaches to creative problem solving.

And then there are the vegetable and flower gardens planted and tended by our four close families. Some similarities, but plenty of varieties and species relative to ethnicities and cultures. Who would have imagined a few years ago that we’d be enjoying the tastes and sensory influences of Russia, Ireland, Italy, and India, to name a few?

It can be oh-so-easy to shrug our shoulders, as if we didn’t have a creative gene in our body. 

At the same time it seems that if our Creator God cared enough to create each of us individuals, you and I have a responsibility to allow ourselves to be vessels through which that uniqueness can flow to those around us.

It’s not about how much talent you have. It’s not even about whether you’re a gerbil—or not.

It’s about how willing you are to use what you’ve been given to serve, encourage, and inspire others.

To live your one, precious life as the creative adventure only you can.


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