Creating the Existing

This month the topic we’re working through is creativity. Creativity is something that applies to all our lives, from the creative answers moms give to their kids’ questions, to the structures we create to live in and look at, to the ways we’re working to heal and keep people alive. As we dive further into the topic of creativity today I want to address something that’s a truth and a lie wrapped into one. You’ve heard it said that there are no new things, we just keep bringing stuff back? In some ways I think this is true, but probably not how you think.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

This quote reveals the answer to the question of whether there can be new things in life. Technically there are no new things, just new ways of seeing and or using what we already have. The simplest definition of creativity is seeing new things in existing things, like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry suggests. Life isn’t always about making new, but of making the best use of what you have.

So before you permanently ink creativity into the list of things you aren’t good at, take a moment to consider exactly how creative you could be. Maybe you’re creative with your kids and tell them stories or build legos with them. Maybe you’re creative with your clients and help them organize their homes. Maybe you’re a counselor and help people see things from a different, creative, perspective. The very core of creativity is creating, and I believe that life is what you create of it. As the old saying goes: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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