No matter the weather! Doing so will bring joy to you and those you interact with.
Sing! Laugh! Be grateful! Be kind! Help someone do something they can’t do. Give hugs. Compliment someone. Encourage someone. Tell your family you love them. Be a friend. Visit someone who might be lonely. Make a treat and take it to someone. Call someone. Write a note. Send a text. Scatter sunshine!
Imagination is about seeing the impossible, or unreal. Creativity is using imagination to unleash the potential of existing ideas in order to create new and valuable ones.
There are so many forms of creativity. I create when I decorate and arrange my home. I create when I prepare meals. I create when I do yard work. I create when I work on my wardrobe. I create when I write. I have creative outlets I love like cardmaking, scrapbooking and painting. I create when I do needlework or sewing or crocheting. Creativity is central in my life. Creativity is part of everyone in some form or other.
“Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness”
“Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
“Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
“Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions”
“Reductions in distress and negative emotions”
“Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks”
Don’t Just Consume, Produce!
Most of all I really liked his thoughts on giving back to the world instead of always consuming. We live in a world where it’s easy to get caught up spending our time consuming especially in a world of Internet connections. Instead of simply consuming and responding to those inputs he suggests that:
Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume, anything you do can be a work of art.
Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve and we’ll all be better off for it.
I found another interesting article at creativesomething.net that confirms the value of creativity in any form. This article stated that:
Without creativity, the world would be nothing. There would be no vacations to the opposite side of a country or even the world if the guys and gals who came up with the idea of a functional airplane were too afraid to pursue their “crazy” ideas.
This is really what I want you to take away from this article today: without creativity, the world we know and live in today wouldn’t exist. But more importantly: without your creativity, the world doesn’t have a chance at moving forward.
The Courage to Blog
When trying to make the final decision about whether to blog or not I stumbled upon a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert called Big Magic. I was drawn into this book by what the editorial reviews were saying about it.
“Big Magic is a celebration of a creative life…”
“Big Magic tackles the challenges of living the creative life…Reading it is a little like having a coach by your side, cheering on your efforts…”
“…Gilbert’s perspective on creative living goes down like lemonade in summer.”
The very first story in the book draws you in. She had come across the works of another author with the same last name as her who had written:
We must risk delight. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.
Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes! –Jack Gilbert
Authenticity is in YOU!
Elizabeth went on to talk about the fears we have that our ideas are common place or have already been done. She said so what if they have already been done? Everyone shares the same ideas over and over anyway. But what makes them authentic is you! Then she adds:
The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, and trust.
Her words gave me the courage to put myself out there!
Create Because it’s Fun and You Love It!
She also said:
Don’t write to help others. Write to help yourself. Write to entertain yourself. Write to save yourself. Write to relieve yourself. Write for your own pleasure. Write because you like doing it. Write because it’s fun! Write because it’s healing. It’s even OK if it’s frivolous. Then your writings will be authentic and original.
In other words, be yourself and have some fun in the process. I think that is what that little voice inside me was trying to say, that this would be a creative outlet that I would really enjoy…even if it meant putting myself out there.
I also came across this from a research link in James Clear’s article. I have no idea who this person is and I could not find information on them, but this is so true.
“It is in times of extremity that we long to find words or hear another human voice letting us know we are not alone.” —Carroll R
That is what I relate to most when I read, is finding someone who feels as I do. That is when words become powerful. One of my writing passions is to reach out to others who may feel what I feel and know they are not alone.
Happiness and Creativity
A wise man, who I greatly respect, gave a talk at a women’s conference in 2008 on the connection between happiness and creativity. He said:
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.
The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. –Dieter F. Uchtdorf
But How Do I Find Time?
Elizabeth Gilbert related the story of a man named Herman Melville who once wrote a letter to a friend saying he simply could not find time to work on his book ‘about that whale’ because he was so pulled hither and thither by circumstances. He longed for a big, wide-open stretch of time in which to create, but that luxury did not exist for him.
And yet he managed to write the classic Moby Dick.
No one has the luxury of time. Reality’s demands are constantly pounding on the door and disturbing everyone. But persistent people manage to put out works of creativity nonetheless.
That is another reason why I am so inspired by the writer Jeraldeen Edwards. She bore and raised 12 children and managed to write 12 books as well! She said some days that meant writing when she had snatches of time while preparing meals, even if it was only 15 minutes. Now that is inspiring! She was an expert in finding time and using it wisely, and not only that but she knew how to createtime in marvelous ways.
Start today, one step at a time, to change your world. –Jeraldeen
The most empowering thing we can do is to realize that just doing one little thing each day towards something we want to accomplish, or even just a little each week, will get us closer to where we want to go…the momentum of it can be energizing and motivational.
So I begin. It’s like a pathway. I have no idea where it will lead. But I will never know unless I go down it. Even if it’s only by very small steps a long the way.
Here’s to courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, and trust!!
The phrase, ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’, was initially coined by writer Elbert Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he penned and published for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled The King of Jesters, praises Wilder’s optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities:
“He was a walking refutation of that dogmatic statement, Mens sana in corpore sano. His was a sound mind in an unsound body. He proved the eternal paradox of things. He cashed in on his disabilities. He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.”
It was later published in a magazine called The Rotarian in November 1940 as a poem entitled The Optimist.
Life handed him a lemon, As Life sometimes will do. His friends looked on in pity, Assuming he was through. They came upon him later, Reclining in the shade In calm contentment, drinking A glass of lemonade.
Every mortal who has ever walked this earth has faced a challenge of some form or another. Some are large and more obvious, none-the-less, even small ones can try the best of us. Aren’t we thankful for optimism! That hopeful confidence about the future that inspires us to keep going and keep doing. Some of the greatest accomplishments have been made by those with limitations. Make the best of what you have been given and you will be amazed at the results. Just keep working at it, and never give up!
I love this song by Alex Boye.
You can be bitter, bitter, bitter…or you can be better, better, better!
Dear world…I wrote this song over 20 yrs ago when I was broke, homeless and eating food out of trash cans. It was a very low time for me filled with depression and sadness…I would pray that one day I would write a song about my situation that would go to number one in the charts all over the world, and bring a smile to people’s faces everywhere. They say it takes a village to raise a child…This is my child. Will you help make this lifelong dream a reality by downloading this song for just $1? Thank-you world. Much love. Alex Boye https://alexboye.bandcamp.com/track/lemonade
Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade – Alex Boye
(VERSE) I’m just so broke you won’t believe Can’t get a dollar out of me And as far as I can see I’m losing control like a bad disease No I just can’t get relief I’ve been shot down by the life police, And every day I try to rise but I can’t succeed Can anybody find a cure for me? You can be bitter, bitter, bitter, Or you can be better, better, better
It’s Gonna Be OK!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama
Laugh Just a Little More
(VERSE) Now every day is like a brand new year, I throw my hands up in the air like I just don’t care, I’m moonwalking down the streets feeling like oh yeah (oh yeah!) Like the bottom of the glass now I see clear So now I laugh just a little more (Yeeheeheee!) I stand much taller than I did before (Yahahaa!) I know I’m not where I need to be But I thank God that I’m not where I used to be, I used to be bitter, bitter, bitter, But now I feel better, better, better
Don’t Worry Little Children
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama
So Many Miracles!
(BRIDGE) I was saved for a reason That I can’t explain Got something new to believe in I’m awakened again (whoa-oh-oh-whoa) So many miracles are happening each day If I can just get out of (Elelele) My own way
So Go Find Some Sugar, Sugar!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemony-lemony-lemony-lemony-lem-lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemo-lemo-Whoo!
Joy comes more naturally to some than to others. Circumstances that surround us may blind us from the simple joys that can be found in life. However, as we create an awareness we will find little treasured gems of joy around us everyday. Remembering with simple gratitude the good things in our lives that we often take for granted can change our perspective.
There is no time like today. As we rise with gratitude in our hearts for a new day it can set our feet on a path of happiness. We can seek out the joys of today instead of waiting for that illusive “something” to come bringing happiness. “I’ll be happy when I graduate from college.” “After I get married I’ll be happy.” “Happiness will come when I get my we buy dream home.” “You can find happiness on your dream vacation.”
The older I get the more I realize that if you don’t find joy in today you aren’t going to find it in tomorrow either.
Once You’ve Missed Out…
A very wise and inspired man of God said:
I plead with you not to let the important things in life pass you buy, planning instead for that illusive and non-existent future day when you’ll have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey-now…Never save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion…
If you do something that turns out not quite as you had planned, you can almost always put it right, get over it, learn from it. But once you’ve missed out on something, it’s gone…try to keep that list as short as possible.
Send that note, give that compliment, give a hug, say “I love you” more, always express thanks, never let problems be more important than a person to be loved, call that friend, visit that person, don’t take loved ones for granted, buy that dress.
Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey and share our love with family and friends…let us not put off that which is most important.