One unexpected benefit from investing time on Twitter has been the interest of others in contributing guest posts for Brainzooming. That's great since it helps introduce other perspectives to Brainzooming through both comments and entire posts.
Today's guest post is from Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed. I've been tweeting back and forth with Linda, who is CVO (Chief Visionary Officer) of A Women’s Place Network, Inc., for several weeks now. She agreed to share her perspective on an important topic: the creativity that's in each of us.
Everyone's Got Some? I’m talking about "creativity." Everyone has some of the stuff that brings new things into being. The energy that makes something out of what appears to be nothing!
Most of us tend to think we are not very creative. In fact, I meet men and women who tell me – flat out – “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!”
The truth is that each of us is born with a level of creativity intertwined with our "destiny design" - the ultimate purpose for which we were born. Most folks' ultimate purpose requires some creativity if it is to come to pass and successfully function on our behalf and that of others.
Creativity may not look the same to you as it does to me. The genius of Albert Einstein is not the same creativity as mine. My creative genius does not inhabit the world of math. Mine is in design and development of programs and projects. It’s also in the fine art of writing – the use of language to paint word pictures that draw others in and invite them to enter my world through my words.
When we deny that creativity lies deep within us, we deny our very existence and certainly our destiny design. If we choose to decide (and it is a “choice” and a “decision”) we have nothing we or the world would identify as creativity, we have denied our very purpose.
Creativity is energy, and it permeates every aspect of our being. It may be small, such as encountering a challenge in cooking a new dish, only to discover how to overcome the challenge without an expert's intervention. That’s creativity. We don’t recognize it as such because we may have been led to believe that creative folks create big things.
Being creative occurs in all aspects of our lives! When we find alternatives to overcome a challenge, do something a little different with the time and energy saved, turn old ways into new ways because we must –we are using natural creative energy each of us has in ready reserve.
The wisdom of the day is: go out and exercise your creativity. If you haven’t yet found it; discover it. Ask a trusted friend how they see you being creative. Make note of the things he/she says, and then practice creativity on a daily basis. Practice until (as the old adage says) “practice makes perfect”.