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Creativity Happens Through You, Not to You

personal development Jun 01, 2018

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist
when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

In The Stoic Creative, I assert that creativity is an inherent human impulse. If you don't agree, think back to your childhood. A time you were a fearless and unselfconscious creative. Who doesn't remember playing with blocks or dolls,  drawing and coloring, dancing and singing songs, or simply telling stories?

There are some interesting studies on where creativity comes from, but I find how creativity happens far more interesting. How is it that you struggle so hard to be creative one moment, only to have inspiration strike "out of the blue" during a walk or shower?

I don't care where creativity comes from, I'm just grateful that it comes! And I find regularly sitting down to work is an invitation creativity finds difficult to resist.

Like a cat, creativity paces warily out of reach when you call it, but as soon as you sit still and turn your attention to some other task, she comes forward purring and rubbing against your leg.

What's more, I don't think creativity happens to us, it happens through us.

And it approaches on little cat paws. Best to sit still, focused, and ready because she'll move on if you don't welcome and appreciate her.

How can you encourage creativity? What could you do to entice her right now?

Keep Flying higher!


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