What’s your definition of creativity?

We are living in a time when definitions for creativity need our care and an opportunity for further understanding and expansion.

Creativity is not limited by the classic interpretation or description of “artistic” or “original” work. I believe creativity travels deeper and is more natural. Because it is natural we too often distort the gift of its simplicity. We seem to limit it by way of intellectual arguments, making it complex or something to be evaluated and judged.

We are all creative. We each have different natural gifts and talents for expressing our creativity. Our training measures creativity by the form or byproduct. As original beings we are fundamentally able to create. We do this in many diverse ways — from our beliefs and attitudes to our choices and communication — and we do this in literal ways too as we reproduce and create families.

Creative expressions are abundant as is our individual perspectives. Each are a part of our creative process. This process can focus on growth, development and evolution. Yet we often define creativity or the creative by means of the outcomes and especially in the moment. We miss the deeper lessons within our process and evolution.

Playful curiosity and humor are openings for our creativity. Reflect upon these questions: What engages your curiosity? How do you experience your creativity? What are you doing to care for and support your creative interests? Personally? Or within your work?

These past few weeks, I’ve been sharing Fred Rogers’ quotes. I appreciate his wisdom and heart for children, especially his desire to grow and protect their creativity. Here are a few of my favorite messages from Mr. Rogers  —  related to creativity:

  • When people help us to feel good about who we are, they are helping us love the meaning of what we create in this life.”
  • “Often the creative urge, once we express it, brings real relief in whatever form it takes. We have an inner sense that we can make what is into what we feel could and should be.”
  • “Imagining something may be the first step in making it happen, but it takes real time and real efforts of real people to learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds or visions into inventions.”

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