Reclaim

ReclaimToday’s Word: ‘RECLAIM’ as in… there comes a time when we must reclaim our creative impulse. Might as well be today.

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, theologian and prolific author of nearly 40 books, once wrote about the why people don’t write:

“One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this: “I have nothing original to say. Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.” This, however, is not a good argument for not writing. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others. We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.”

Henri was writing about barriers to writing. But what he wrote about writing in particular, could just as easily be said of the creative process in general. Here’s my paraphrase of Henri Nouwen’s sentiment:

“One of the arguments we often use for not creating something is this: “I have nothing original to create. Whatever I might draw, paint, photograph, or make, someone else has already drawn it, painted it, photographed it, made it, said it, and better than I will ever be able to. This, however, is not a good argument for not being creative. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Making something can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others. We have to trust that what we have to offer deserves to be shared. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to believe them.”

There comes a time when we must reclaim our creative impulse. And that begins with acknowledging that we’ve been created in order to be creative. Might as well be today.

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