Today’s Word: ‘Keep’ as in… just keep at it because the more you keep at it, the more you’ll have to give away.
We’ve been exploring creativity for several days, now. There’s something important about keeping at it. Take a moment and consider three things: the ways in which you already know you are creative, the ways in which others see you as creative, and the ways in which you would like to see yourself as a creative person.
Let’s think about the ways you’re already creative.
What seems to get you going, what energizes you? What stirs your heart when you think of creative expression? Is it art, or music, or dance? If music stirs you, you might think about writing a song. If you like to write, make a commitment to keeping a journal. If you like to draw, take a few moments and step outside and look around and notice your surroundings. What are you seeing for the first time? What do you smell, what do you hear? Do you hear traffic? Do you hear birds, or someone mowing a lawn, or shoveling a driveway? Is someone talking with a neighbor? Is someone crying? Is someone laughing?
If you were guaranteed that no one would have the chance to comment or pass judgement on your creative response, what would you draw to convey what you are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting? Commit to doing this just once a week. Then build some accountability into the process by asking a friend to come alongside to hold you accountable. Get together once a month and create a list of questions to talk through each time you meet together.
Acknowledging that we are already creative then puts us in a mindset to be thankful. When we express gratitude, all kinds of things begin to shake loose! But the important thing is to just keep at it.
Keep making things.
Keep at it. Keep risking. Keep keeping at it.
The more you keep at it, the more you’ll have to give away.