Reframe Our Thinking About Creativity

The other silent life robber is stress. I don’t care who you are, what you do or where you live, some stress is going to invade your life. But for many, stress is not just an invasion, it seems to be an unescapable normalcy. From the minute their eyes open, or their commute and work begins, or getting the kids off to school and running errands in traffic, the day can put the best of us into a tail spin.  -Thomas Neel, Wellness Through Creativity

Unlike Thomas, many of us feel we don’t have the option to redirect our days towards full-time creativity. Maybe we are responsible for the family income and cannot shift our career that easily. Maybe we are working as hard as we can for an hourly wage. Or maybe we are searching for work and the idea of spending the whole day working on creative projects seems like a fairy tale.

I suppose we need to reframe our thinking about what it means to be creative. We have spent too long thinking that only a few people are granted the permission and talent to be creative. That is just not true. Being creative is not a zero sum game. There are no winners or losers. Creativity just is. Anyone can do it, and probably already do, they just don’t realize it.

Creativity doesn’t need to be channeled through one activity. All day long we have the option to be creative in small ways. Even for those who chose to commute to an office, there can be creativity in that most tiresome of journeys. On public transit, I have written a book during countless 50 minute bus ride segments. I’ve seen people reading throughout the stops and starts of a train trip. While riding in the car, I have filled my creative cup with ideas from podcasts or let my mid wander while listening to my favourite pieces of music. These are creative experiences that transform an otherwise mundane chore.

I believe the magic of a creative practice is anchored in how normal it is. Meaning it is part of a lifestyle, not something separate. I want all my moments to include the joy of creativity, not just the few weeks of a year when I can escape my normal life for a vacation. It seems so sad that we live such a stressful existence, most of the time, so that we require a recovery period. I truly believe we can ‘create a life we don’t need a vacation from’.

By pursuing a creative life, it seems logical that our level of wellness will be enhanced. As the DailyFinds this week have explored, there is much to be gained from practicing creativity. Enjoy these DailyFinds if you missed any of them this week.

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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