What is creativity anyway? We hear that term thrown around at work, in the kitchen and used as a polite way of giving an opinion on something we think isn’t so great. As I was pondering this question I came across this quote from Mary Lou Cook: “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
For too many people (adults) creativity is a lost art. Our brains simply don’t work in ways that are necessary to be truly creative. The good news is that with a little practice we can get those brain cells fired up again. You can try Legos, cooking, gardening, painting or even the fun adult-approved coloring books that have made a resurgence of late.
Even with all the fun and relaxation that can be had, creativity isn’t for the faint of heart though. Creativity is all about breaking out of the neat boxes many of us try to stuff ourselves into. It’s not a comfortable feeling if it’s not something you do on a regular basis. Even for those of us who do practice some form of creativity on a regular basis we still can have moments when we’re feeling a bit stretched and out of our comfort zones.
If you’re not used to being creative, try to do just one thing a little different each day, such as making something different for dinner featuring ingredients you (and your family) like, going home a different way from work, watching something different on TV, playing a game that you don’t usually play, or any of the more traditional creative activities like painting, coloring, wood work or sculpting.
Will you join me this week in taking a (creative) risk?