Reflections on Creativity


Have you noticed that the creative process – or YOUR creative process – can’t be hurried?  It can’t be cajoled or willed into existence.  Often it seems to me that we have very little control over our creativity.   Sometimes, it strikes from out of the blue. This can be rather inconvenient because you may be struck by a really good idea and yet have no way to capture it or write it down.  (Particularly if you are in the middle of a 4 mile run)

Other times, creativity sneaks up on you slowly.  It may start with some unconscious activity like playing with a stack of coins on the table or doodling on a pad of paper. Then slowly it evolves into ideas of substance.

Creativity is this elusive creature that shows up on her schedule whether you are ready for her or not.



Creativity can solve the most vexing of problems. It can also monopolize your time and energy because well . . . suddenly you have a vision that you have to bring to life.



At this point in my life, I have learned to view creativity as a gift and also as a friend who shows up in her own time.



What about you?  Do you feel the same way? Do sleep with a pad of paper and pen next to your bed? Or perhaps you jot down ideas in your phone?  I would love to know your thoughts.

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