These are my grandparents. They are both among the most creative people I know. My grandma has made me a dress pattern out of grocery bags and my grandpa has repaired countless tractors with baling twine and electricians tape. This isn’t something that was uncommon for their generation. Many of our grandparents and great-grandparents are amazing at being able to find new ways to create things that did not exist before or creative solutions to the problems that they faced every day. We each have the ability and the responsibility to be creative.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
But what does it mean to be creative? Who is creative? We often think that to be creative we need to be skilled artists or brilliant composers and while these are each great examples of creativity, there are thousands more “types” of creativity.
Friends, architects, mathematicians, mothers, teachers and all problem solvers are each creative in their own sphere.
“The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.” ~Dieter F Uchtdorf.
We each begin life as little creators, but as we age, many of us begin to believe that we are just not “the creative type.” When in reality, we are each not only the creative type, but we are spirit children of the most creative being in the universe.
We need to be Creative
During the industrial revolution, we used people as machines. We expected them to do one thing and exactly that one thing until they wore out and then we would get a new machine person and use them until they broke. However, machines were always more productive and reliable than people. As employees, we wonder how we can stay ahead of the curve to ensure our job reliability. If we do not know how to innovate, if we are not creative, we lose our edge against the machine. We can easily be replaced. Now, in our employment, to maintain our edge, we need to develop the ability to create.
“Creativity defines our ability to be successful in the workplace” ~Forbes Magazine.
The workplace isn’t the only place that our success is defined by our ability to create. In our relationships, we each experience conflict.
“Relationships are always creative works in progress.” ~Chris Kingsman, Marriage and Family Counselor.
Our ability to settle conflicts and maintain those relationships comes down to our ability to create solutions that will benefit both parties. Emotional creativity, the ability to empathize and create solutions will define our ability to hold successful relationships.
Lastly, we have to ask the question, to what end were you created? What is our eternal destiny and purpose? Our eternal destiny is to create families, relationships, and ultimately worlds with the assistance of our Heavenly Father.
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
You are a creator
You began life as a creator. Each day children use much more of their creative potential than adults do. I remember as a child, arm chairs were horses, the floor was lava and the only thing that could save me was the couch cushions. We have a lot to learn from young kids.
A man named Tom Wujec talks about Marshmallow Project Studies that he does with different groups of people. This is his graphic explaining the process.
Kindergartners were able to create a taller, more reliable tower than business owners, MBA students, and the average teams. Why is this so? Enthusiasm. They aren’t afraid of get their hands dirty and try something new. They prototype early and often. When you are faced with problems and conflicts, begin prototyping any idea you have. As you prototype, you are better able to see the potential in other creations.
Dr. Mackenzie, a child development researcher did a study he entitled “In Kindergarten, everyone is an artist”
“In kindergarten, everybody was an artist. Not just an artist, but a two-hands artist: “Me! Me! Me! I’m an artist!” By the first grade, it was still 100 percent, but it was with one hand. Then it progressed. When MacKenzie talked to the sixth-graders, he would get two or three people raising their hands, nervously looking around like everyone was going to think they were weird.”
What is introduced in between kindergarten and the 6th grade? The fear of failure. We no longer care if we think our art looks like a tree, we worry what everyone else will think about our tree. In relationships, we have seen that sometimes creative solutions fail. Sometimes people don’t want to be your friend or reject you. Block out this fear of failure and fear of rejection. Go for it.
Lastly, in your creative endeavors, you must develop and trust the spirit and the light of Christ. Christ is the creator of this world, he has created everything we see, feel, and have. If he is to be our exemplar in everything, then we need to follow him in our journey to create. He has given us His Spirit inside us to guide our creating journey.
“The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create.” ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
You are a creator. You are creative. Take control of the power within you.