Artists aren’t the only people who create.
In fact, I would argue that people who aren’t artists create more than actual artists do. How can that be? Artists are the ultimate, creative people, but are people who aren’t artists really more creative than artists?
Hold that thought.
I’m sitting here in my sunroom on a lovely Sunday evening where the only sounds I hear are robins chirping just outside my windowsill and the silvery, steel Hampton Bay fan gently blowing behind me. As I peer outside, I’m surrounded by grand, old trees that appear to be touching the true-blue sky that’s filled with those chubby, puffy, white clouds. My next door neighbors have planted some enchanting, Black-eyed Susans and Tiger Lillies that are bursting forth in orange, yellow, purple and the most delightful, regal red you’ve ever seen. They’ve created their cool garden and now I’m enjoying the landscape … and I’m not even a flower guy. Isn’t that how it should be?
I’m staring through some shrubs at the green expanse of my lawn that’s reaching out and kissing the slightly curved street that forces drivers to slow down or risk hitting something at the end of the roundabout.
It’s a totally peaceful moment. It feels like Sunday morning as opposed to almost Sunday evening. Thank God for Daylight Saving Time. No one is out. They must either be away or holed up inside watching a “Million Dollar Listing New York” marathon.
What am I getting at here?
I feel that I’ve created this very moment. Well, I didn’t actually create this moment, but I have set up the conditions for this moment to happen. I set this house up to my liking, I take care of the lawn, I chose this neighborhood for its hip, yet peaceful vibe and now … I’m reaping what I’ve sown.
In other words, I’ve played a significant role in my own Sunday evening experience. To a certain extent, I created this. I’ve planted my own garden. I set myself up for this moment where I’d be sitting here in this sunroom chatting with you. I’m basking in creativity.
We don’t get everything that we want in this life, but when we rely on our own personal creativity, we can get a lot ... free of charge. I once had a boss named Kathy who always said that when you don’t have a lot of options or resources…
All of this is leading me to my friend Joy. One day, Joy and I were having lunch and we were chatting about stress and tension in the workplace. You know, work-related bullcrap. Anyway, we were talking about how there’s always drama about this or that at work. I mentioned how I was so tired of dealing with people who always jump to the wrong conclusions about co-workers and how that creates unnecessary drama...
“I know!” said Joy. “It’s like, don’t put that on me!” she said. And then, in describing the drama queens at work, she added …
“YOU’RE CREATING THAT!”
You’re creating that. Wow. Absolutely. What Joy said set off a flashing lightbulb above my head. I knew that one day I’d be writing about this and now … here we are.
You know, so much of the time, what we perceive as reality is actually complete conjecture. It’s fantasy. It’s not real. It’s often something that we’ve created through our biases, faulty perceptions, wrong conclusions and gossip.
In other words, we often create things that have no basis in fact and treat them as if they’re real … and much of the time, they’re not.
I mean, have you ever chatted with someone who told you something they totally believed about you – or anyone - only for you to look at them like they’ve lost their minds and you say …
“Where did you get THAT?”
Am I making sense here? I mean, it seems to me that our thoughts and perceptions can be extremely powerful. The average, everyday person is very powerful. We CAN use our imagination to bring things into being. If we think a certain way, we can create the reality that matches our thoughts … even if it’s only in our own minds. Perception is reality?
Just look at the world right now. We’re literally living in a world of our own making. We didn’t create the world, but we have turned it into something that’s the direct result of our thoughts and practices. WE created this. There’s some good and a LOT of bad. We did this. I’m creating this and you’re creating that. We’re responsible for the state of things whether we want to admit to it or not.
When we’re successful at things, we always take credit by saying we created it. Yet when things are bad, we don’t want to have anything to do with it. Didn’t we play a role in that as well?
I just don’t understand how people cannot see the constant connection between their individual behavior and the state of the world. The world is literally OUR painting. God made it, but we’ve been the graffiti artists all along. We spray it, but we don’t tag it. That’s okay. Nature knows the truth.
I don’t know. Perhaps I’m talking out of the side of my neck here. I just think people are a lot more creative than they either realize or choose to own up to.
Creativity is a powerful part of all of us. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative. However, the difference between everyday people and artists is that artists are aware of their creativity and they intentionally harness it as part of their daily intellectual, emotional and spiritual practice.
We have to wake up and realize that everything around us and in the world beyond us is largely due to us and the decisions we make. If we choose to get involved, we have an impact and if we choose to retreat, we also have an impact. Good or bad. Cause and effect.
All of our fantasies, dreams, thoughts, intentions, plans and actions have power. They push us either toward or away from things and the entire process is energy-filled and that energy creates something … be it good or bad. We can fill a void and see what happens or we can flee and see what happens.
If nothing happens, that actually IS something. Nothing IS indeed a result. We cannot escape it. We are created creatures AND creative people. We’re both. We’re all connected to God, the body of humanity and the earth. Creativity is the energy that flows through all of us.
Okay, enough of my metaphysical mumbo-jumbo.
This is what happens when I’ve got a super-quiet Sunday evening to enjoy. The words just flow. My creativity is pouring through me, down into my fingertips, through my keyboard and inside the internet which is traveling into your computer where your eyes are absorbing this and you’re processing it. You’re creating your own, personal assessment of what I’m saying right now. It’s all creative.
In short, we’re having a personal moment, aren’t we?
Well, if you’ve made it this far with me, you’re a trouper. You’re also probably a creative soul who totally “gets it.” Whether you accept it or deny it, creativity flows through all of us. We may not be creating art, but we’re creating a bunch of other stuff that we’re putting out into the universe. We’re actually influencing the world. Tiny thoughts and actions from here and there combine and snowball. Next thing you know, we’ve got one GIGANTIC pile of whatever. Good or bad.
If you think I’m crazy, let me assure you that I’m not. I’m just as sane as you are. As for anything else you may be thinking? Well, all I can say is …
YOU’RE creating that!