The Gift of Creativity

Creativity is central to the human spirit.  It is in everything we do, feel, enjoy.  A line of poetry, a few notes of a musical score, the aroma home-made bread, the vibrant colours of a sunset – all speak to our emotional need for beauty. We experience this first hand through the lens of our memories, our current reality, and cultural awareness.

My journey to understanding art and artists, has led me to a profound conclusion.  That is, we all have a gift to visualize creativity through the eyes of another.  Another time, another culture, another perspective.

 

 

20 Comments

  1. Christy B says:

    Cheers to creativity and the gifts we receive through practicing it! 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      That is a wonderful thought, Christy. Practice is the best way to give value and respect to our creative spirits. In our competitive world, there is a tendency to compare when we should celebrate. As Mark Twain reminds us: “Comparison is the death of joy.” Always enjoy our conversations! Hugs!

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  2. Liz says:

    “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
    — Edward de Bono

    Thank you so much for highlighting the joy that is creativity Becky! x

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Isn’t it interesting that we are the very best when we recognize that we each have an unique gift to create, to collaborate, to engage. If we disparage our contributions, we will, as Edward de Bono, so eloquently stated, limit our progress, as well as those who are in our sphere of influence. I often think of my Dad’s impact on my life, even long after he passed. I am excited every time I see your posts filled with creative endeavour. You continue to inspire me, Liz! Thank you!

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      1. Liz says:

        It’s amazing what we can achieve when we set ourselves free to just have a go. Even more amazing is the positive impact it has on our spirit and overall health when we allow ourselves to explore and create. Your father must have been an amazing man – I would have loved to meet him. 🙂 x

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Can hardly wait to see you next year…We are thinking about Shetland!

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      3. Liz says:

        Oh how wonderful. And Shetland – you won’t be disappointed in any way. xxx

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  3. Ms Frances says:

    We all can create; sometimes we don’t give ourselves credit! Even experiencing our very new cookie recipe we dared to try or a new crochet pattern all of our own; the examples are endless! Let us be brave!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly! Let’s been courageous and create, whether it be a experimenting with a new cookie recipe or taking up a new language. It is easy to embrace mediocrity as it makes no demands on our time or energies. But, oh how much we miss when we fail to launch or refuse to engage. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    It’s wonderful indeed that we can see a temple in Thailand, a painting in the Louvre, a pyramid in Egypt, or a tiny sea shell, all so apparently disparate and distant, and, yet through them, come to understand creativity and our role in it.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      You really have a wonderful way of bringing out the essence of a definition. Thank you! Many hugs!

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  5. J.D. Riso says:

    Creativity is the reason why we’re still here. Love the photos. Did you go to Thailand?

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly! We all have a creativity within us and when we do not acknowledge that fact, we limit our human experience. And in so doing, we diminish our contribution to the story of our generation. There is a tendency to compare ourselves and, when we find ourselves somehow lacking the “right amount” of creativity, we leave it to others to speak for our time. Your posts exemplify the creative spirit in action.
      We did travel to Thailand. I was in search of “Quanyin” the goddess of mercy, the one who perceives the sounds of the world. It was an amazing adventure. Many thanks for connecting – very much appreciated.

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  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    Magnificent…! Unable to imagine the tenaciousness and level of concentration a human being can possess to accomplish such detailed beauty. Thousands of years of history, influence and discipline of creative genius passed on to the decedents. Thank you for sharing Rebecca.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Jean-Jacques. I have been thinking a great deal about creativity of late. Creativity takes courage, time, and an extraordinary amount of effort. It is so easy to chose mediocrity because it does not demand our finest nor does it challenge us to think differently. We don’t want to be outliers. The question becomes – what did we miss because we chose an easy way? I love Pablo Picasso’s thought: “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not?” Thanks again for adding to this discussion!

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  7. friendlytm says:

    Hi Rebecca:
    You are my inspiration! It is such a joy to read your posts. Every time, I learned something from you. I believe this is also a way of creating creativity. This totem pole is so special and indeed creative. Thanks for sharing.

    Denise

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, my dear friend. I have enjoyed our conversations – its been over 5 years since we met. Looking forward to many more in the coming years.

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      1. friendlytm says:

        5 years already? Wow! Time really flies. Thanks so much for being my friend. Your posts have always inspired me to be more curious and looking for more. Have a good week!

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  8. friendlytm says:

    BTW, I forgot to mention that I will visit Thailand in January. I look forward to seeing many of these art images there.
    I just realized that the totem pole is your old post, but I commented on this one. I am sure you will excuse me.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Have a wonderful adventure in Thailand. There is history in every step we took. Looking forward to your photos!

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