Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011
in How To, Intellectual, Spiritual
When I was a little boy my mom and dad taught me to color in coloring books. When I was in second grade my mom helped me write my first poem. That was the extent of my artistic success as a child.
Starting in elementary school I felt out of place in art class. I never understood what to do in art. I felt trapped by my lack of understanding how to do whatever we were assigned to do.
While some children clearly grasped the challenges in art class, I did not. I am certain that I was never taught how to do art whether it was painting, drawing or pottery. All of it left me puzzled.
I remember my thrill a few years when I used a draw-like-this book and I drew a Pikachu. It was the first thing I’d draw in more than twenty years!
Misconceptions about Creative Thinking
“You have to be an artist to be creative.”
“Creativity is a talent that some people have and others do not”
Want to become more creative? You can!
My Perceptions About Creative Thinking
If you want to become more creative, then it helps to intentionally start to see the world “like a child”. I like to think beyond the obvious; you see this, but ALSO that. A.L.S.O.
A – Ask questions — of what you see and hear — even if they seem like silly ones.
L – Look quietly.
S – Set free your curiosity.
O – Observe the little details that others miss.
When God inspires our creativity. Whether it’s drawing, painting, poetry, writing prose, brainstorming, rapping or spoken word, song writing, or working with your hands when we create we resemble the work of our Creator.
“God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see… He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do.” *
Barriers Limit Creative Thinking
Whether it’s my writer’s block or the period of time a painter stands blankly at a canvas, our creative ideas don’t necessarily come when we want them.
I pray and ask God to help me to express myself, including while writing this today. “Please God help me.”
If you’re like me, some activities help me to be creative, but others prevent us from having a creative frame of mind. Your list of distractions might be different than my list, but I know that while watching television or movies my creative energy is sucked away, but sitting quietly in nature helps me. Some music inspires me, other music distracts me.
You have the power to create. When you embrace yourself including your creativity you will bring a fresh breath into the world. You will help others express themselves too.
Embrace yourself. Express yourself.
Let me know how you’re expressing yourself.
* Genesis 1:1 and Ephesians 2:7