You Are More Creative Than You Think
Imagination and Curiosity
A creative mind is an imaginative and curious mind. Children are so curious and imaginative. I love to watch them play house, school, or have a tea party in their playhouse. They have all their little ideas and carry out their plans. Give a child a sheet of paper and a crayon or a few legos and see what happens. That imagination does not go away when we grow up.
I raised four boys. One was a daredevil. Another was sneaky. Another was spontaneous (sometimes embarrassingly). Another was clever in communicating his thoughts, fears, and experiences in unusual ways.
You might say "I have no imagination." I have a few questions for you:
Are you a worrier? If you worry, you have a vibrant imagination. Turn it around in a positive way.
Are you a dreamer? Do you have hopes and dreams for yourself or someone else? Then you have imagination.
Do you plan meals, vacations, and budgets for your family? You have imagination.
Are you known for cool holiday decorations? Then you have imagination.
Are you a black and white thinker? How did you come to learn those black and white facts? You are creative in proving your facts to others.
Are you a Mom? You are always seeking ways to get your kids to mind, do their chores, and eat their broccoli. You are persistent in going back to the drawing board when something doesn't work.
Creativity starts with imagination. You imagine first, then put hands and feet to it and create.
If you worry, you have a vibrant imagination."
A World Without Human Imagination and Creativity
God is the Master Creator of the Universe (Genesis 1). If you look at the incredible order, complexity, and immense beauty of the universe, nature, the human body, the animal world, you will see that our God has an unfathomable imagination and creative mind. As we humans are created in His image, he has bestowed upon us the imaginative and creative mind. What would the world be like if he hadn't?
- Jonas Salk (developed Polio vaccination), Alexander Fleming (discovered Penicillin), and other doctors and scientists would never have created vaccines, medications and other treatments for serious, even life-threatening diseases and conditions.
- Thomas Edison would have given up trying to create a light bulb long before reaching his thousandth attempt (yes, he attempted over a thousand times). Alexander Graham Bell would not have invented the telephone.
- Grace Hopper would never have invented computer programing, Bill Gates would never have invented Microsoft, and Steve Jobs would never have invented Apple computers and the iPhone.
- Maria Telkes would never have invented the first solar-powered heating system. Hedy Lamarr would never have invented frequency hopping, and Marie Curie would never have discovered radioactivity, polonium, and radium.
- Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Michael Angelo would never have created their great works of art.
- Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach would never have composed their beautiful music.
- The Wright Brothers and Henry Ford would have never created the airplane or motor car.
- Astronomers Galileo, Copernicus, Ptolemy, and Hubble would never have discovered great mysteries in the heavens and the universe.
- NASA would never have made and launched Apollo 11 to land on the moon and Neil Armstrong would never have been the first man to walk on the moon.
- William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee, and Stephen King would never have written their classic literature.
- Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, and Maya Angelou would have never written their classic inspiring poetry.
- John Nash would never have discovered game theory nor Albert Einstien the theory of relativity.
- America's founding fathers would never have written the Constitution of the United States of America.
- Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and Ron Howard would have never directed great movies.
- Great thespians Katherine (and Audrey) Hepburn, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks would never have held us spellbound in front of the silver screen.
We could go on forever, couldn't we? I know we are all so grateful for the gift of creativity God has given mankind. It has added color to our lives, influenced, inspired, helped, and saved billions of people through the ages. If we had no imagination and creativity humankind would probably die from boredom.
Great Creators of the Past
I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners."— Vincent Van Gogh
Everyone is Creative
Sometimes people will say "I haven't a creative bone in my body." They often feel inferior to those who create great works. They shouldn't. Everyone has a useful creative part of them. Consider these:
- If you tell tall tales and are prone to hyperbole to make people like you or to get out of tight situations, you are creative.
- If you buy a new golf putter on sale for one hundred thirty-five dollars when you only went to the sporting goods store to buy a fifty dollar pair of hiking boots and convince your wife you saved money, you are creative.
- If you make an impression on people when you quip wittily, wax wise, speak eloquently, or verbally manipulate people (in good or bad ways), you are creative.
- If you can pack a small trunk with tons of boxes or luggage and make them fit, you are creative.
- If you accent your wardrobe attractively, you are creative.
- If you can figure out ways to look thinner, you are creative.
- If you figure out ways to get stubborn stains out of white clothing, you are creative.
- If you can make a delicious meal out of the last three ingredients in your fridge, you are creative.
These forms of creativity may not help an astronaut walk on Pluto, but they make life easier, more interesting, and more rewarding.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder."— Ronald Reagan
Using Our Creative Gifts to Teach, Help, and Inspire
You may argue that your bits of creativity are no big deal comparatively, but we must keep in mind that God has a plan for everyone and he gives a multitude of gifts and means to use them.
We need to use these everyday practical forms of creativity to teach, help, and inspire others. It's easier to teach someone how to pack a trunk than how to build a bridge. People are more grateful for these every day helps.
Let me share with you friends and family I have that rock at cool, practical creative endeavors, and can teach, help, and inspire others.
- Dad was an innovative fire starter. He made amazing newspaper logs that burned hot and for a very long time.
- Dorene creates a beautiful Christmas stage set every year for her Bluegrass band shows and no one knows it's made of PVC pipe, duct tape, and cardboard. She also figured how to make almond milk from scratch at home.
- Erin and Cindy work marvels at setting up elegant table settings, flower arrangements and decorations for special occasions.
- Kristi, Anna, and MaryAnn are amazing gardeners and have a plethora of gardening ideas and tips for problem areas.
- DiAnna, Cathy, and team plan and prepare meals for the entire church every single Sunday.
- Elaine single-handedly puts together attractive bulletin boards for her church.
- Mary, Sheryl, Sandee, Linda and I get together every so often and make crowns and decorations for birthday parties using dollar store materials.
- Susan is the head administrator of our community facebook page with thousands of members and is gifted at keeping it a safe, useful environment and sensitively deals with problem members and situations.
Use Your Creativity Large or Small
Many people think if they are creative in small ways they are" less than" people who use their creativity in a career. God didn't call you necessarily to make a career of a creative ability you have. But he does expect us to use them to honor Him, and make life better for self and others. Don't write yourself off if you garden well but are not an architect designing beautiful buildings and bridges. They have their place, but beautiful gardens are much prettier to humankind that those things.
Search out, recognize, and utilize your creative parts, small, medium or large. Whatever your creative gifts are, God gave them to you and wants to bless you and others by utilizing them.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.— Maya Angelou
© 2019 Lori Colbo