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Your Everyday Creativity

everyday creativity“But I’m not a creative person!” Does this sound like you? Do you believe that you are not creative because you are not artistic, musical, or prolific with words?  Creativity is far reaching and extends beyond imagination.  There is much joy in finding passion for anything that is pleasing to do.

Everyone has the ability to be creative because it is a God-given gift.  However, you may not recognize your particular form of creativity because it’s being measured against someone else’s creativity or accomplishments. Just stop that NOW! Instead consider how you might express your own brand of creativity in everyday ways.

You might be a person who expresses your creativity through your kindness.  I read in someone’s Facebook posts that they made up little small bags of essential items (travel toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, lotion, tissues, etc.) that they carry in their car to give away to homeless people. That’s a neat idea if you have a heart for helping others.  What about the gift of humor? Another person I know uses their improv comedy skills to create short sketch scenes to share with their friends to enjoy.

Perhaps volunteering is a form of creativity that brings you excitement when you are being of service to others. Or maybe you have learned to express your creativity by saying something kind to each person you interact with. Another person I know created a small artsy book of positive phrases that they give to people they meet.

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Maybe picking out fabrics and making clothing or blankets is fun for you, or knitting or crocheting for yourself, family and friends. What about planning activities or trips for friends?  Last year, I met a guy you planned a cruise for a group of friends, and it was so successful that he now has a million-dollar business planning cruises and group vacations.  I also met a graphic designer during a workshop who enjoyed reading enough that she began to write and design books under her own publishing company.  Today, she enjoys teaches people how they can do the same thing.

We all have many ways in which we can express our creativity, and expressing it is vital to our well-being and gives us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with life. Creative expression will occur naturally when you open your heart to yourself and others, allowing the gift of creativity to flow through you from the spiritual source that is always available to you. New ideas are always waiting to be expressed through you – you just need to open to them and allow the time for them. When you do, you will experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from everyday creativity!

Enjoy (and Create)!

 

The Power of Ideas: 25 Quotes to Inspire You

 

theIf you’ve ever had an idea to elude you, join the club.  The most common problem for serial idea generators is either not writing down the idea or not acting on a written idea. Which person are you?

I used to vacillate between the two, but consistently write down ideas now.  I also recognize that it’s never to late to get into the habit of jotting down your ideas for future recall, so to help inspire you, following are 25 quotes extolling the”Power of Ideas.”  Feel free to share which one is your favorites or pass along a favorite “Idea” quote in the comments below.

  1. “If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.” – Thomas Mann

  2. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

  3. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

  4. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

  5. “An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

  6. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

  7. “All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” – Napoleon Hill

  8. “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.”  – Dee Hock

  9. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

  10. “Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” – Alfred North Whitehead

  11. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

  12. “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” – Ken Hakuta

  13. “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers

  14. “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.”   – Henry Ford

  15. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”  – Swami Vivekananda

  16. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

  17. “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”  – Anais Nin

  18. “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” – Pablo Picasso

  19. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

  20. “A half-baked idea is okay as long as it’s in the oven.”  – Author Unknown

  21. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Noble

  22. “My mind contains many good ideas, but it’s not always easy to squeeze one out.”  – Ashleigh Brilliant

  23.  “A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.” – Marilyn vos Savant

  24. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”  – Charles Peguy

  25. “Creative thinking inspires ideas.  Ideas inspire change.”  – Barbara Januskiewicz