The Soul of Creativity: #YourTurnChallenge day 3

Posted: January 21, 2015 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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angled-cover_largeMaybe it’s because I spend so much time over at thinking about the links between spirituality and creativity, but I have come to believe that creativity has, of sorts, a soul. I think the folks at the #YourTurnChallenge have stumbled upon it with today’s question.

Tell us about something that you think should be improved.

If there is a soul of creativity this is at its core. This is what creativity is all about. How can I make things (or something better?) How can I solve a problem? How can I make the world a better place? When the tried and true solutions seem to no longer work, we find ourselves at a crossroads. We can either say, “Well We tried and give up, or we can get creative. You know which one I vote for.

In my faith tradition, our Lord tells a story. A ruler calls three servants to himself and distributes some of his wealth to each of them for them to invest in building his Kingdom. He gives them this money (which, not coincidentally, are referred to as “talents”) each according to their ability, meaning he gives each of them what they can handle. Then he goes away on a journey. The first two, who received the most, went out at once and took what they had and doubled it. But the last guy got scared. He took his “talent” and buried it in the ground for safe keeping (Can somebody say “the resistance”). End of story, the first two are commended and the one who buried is condemned.

Think about what this means, those who risked are rewarded, while those who play it safe are condemned. I’m not saying this is a literal condemnation for inaction or anything religious, I don’t think that is the point of the story. I think the point is it is better to do something than nothing. It’s better to act than whine. It’s better to try to create a solution, risking failure, than it is to do nothing and guarantee failure.

The urge to make things better is the soul of creativity.

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  1. Wendi says:

    Reblogged this on Art of Wendi C and commented:
    Something I’m trying to work on in my artistic life…

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