It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future … but a key can be turned in two directions. TurN it one way and you lock resources away. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves.*
My hunger for freedom is my hunger for myself, for my creative initiative.**
M. C. Richards)
If you are living in your creativity – and there are as many creativities as there are people – then it is likely that someone encouraged you to go forth and explore and discover.
It’s not that some are creative and others are not, rather some are living in their creativity while others are not. (I think it may surprise us to discover who is and who isn’t.)
Ken Robinson writes very helpfully for us:
There are three related tasks in teaching for creativity: encouraging, identifying and fostering.*
Encouragement is a gift that makes it possible to enter into the adventure of discovering more about our creativity: and the more we discover the more we have to develop and grow.
Towards this adventure, I offer Erwin McManus’ encouragement:
And isn’t that the whole point of choosing to live an adventure – to keep your eyes wide open and to soak in the beauty of the life all around you.^
Everything changes from the perspective of discovery.
It was Erwin who encouraged me deeper into my own adventure. Had I not been willing to receive his gift then I am not sure I would have come to be a dreamwhisperer, or a doodler.
I leave the final words to Walt Whitman, who also encourages: encourages us to question everything i order to find our creativity:
re-examine all you’ve been told at school or church or in any book; dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines^^.
*From Sir Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds;
**From M. C. Richards’ Centering;
^From Erwin McManus’ The Barbarian Way;
^^From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.