As you know our Word this month is INITIATIVE and I’m Spotlighting lots of people who hand-craft things and have made little businesses out of their crafting. The past few months we’ve explored lots of different creative endeavors. We’ve delved into some of the deeper more theological reasons for creativity. It’s one thing to be inspired by others. It’s one thing to understand and agree on the importance and value of creativity. And it’s quite another thing to actually put it into practice.
Creativity takes initiative. Yes, sometimes inspiration hits us out of no where. Sometimes ideas land right in our lap. But in order for those ideas to come to fruition, in order for us to live out creativity, we have to take action. I’ve talked with so many people who have great ideas, but also have big excuses for why they never did anything with those ideas. In particular with writing, it seems like everyone has an “idea for a book”. People say they’ll write it when “life slows down” (which will be when?). Or when they retire (really?) Or in “another lifetime” (unrealistic). None of these excuses hold any water. Really what it comes down to is people not taking initiative to develop their creativity.
Listen, you don’t have to have every detailed figured out. You don’t have to invest a lot of money into supplies. You don’t have to declare it on Facebook. You don’t have to make it perfect or even be successful. Remember, the value is in the journey and expression as much as the product.
All you have to do is show up.