Creativity comes down to doing the hard work.
First of all, gathering together the imagining and thinking, and the evidence for possibility, whatever forms these take.
Then to begin mixing these together observing what happens, and seeing what begins to come into being. This feels a lot like experimenting.
There’ll be plenty we cannot or should not use, but some things will rise higher, or emerge, as the things to pursue. Some would call this detachment and attachment.
Only then do we come to name, or picture, what it is we have to do, and something of how to go about it.
We have arrived at living out our gift. Not in some fixed way because at any time the other four steps can be moved through again.*
As this is about people’s lives there are some other things we can explore when it comes to the kinds of environment for these things to be developed. Earlier in the week, I could only marvel at the way Michelangelo worked three-dimensionally on the unfinished statues my trip to Florence had been about. Positing this, I imagined what a three-dimensional environment might look like.
To be a person of worth and dignity with the freedom to act.
To be someone with skill and mastery.
To be a person who lives beyond themselves for the greatest purpose possible.
‘[T]here is an element of scarcity in what you do and how and why you do it, a combination of your story and your superpower.’**
(*i’ve borrowed these steps from Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious towards noticing trends: gathering, aggregating, elevating, naming, and proving. There are many other ways for describing the steps, but there are always steps.)
(**From Bernadette Jiwa’s Make Your Idea Matter.)