Cultivating Creativity and Letting Go Of Comparison
Do you enjoy the process?
We often think of creativity as a goal with an outcome. We think of famous painters, crafters, writers, and artisans. But creativity is not just about being gifted in those areas!
There are countless ways to be creative, and creating can give you a sense of meaning and fulfillment. We are talking about that this week as we dive into Cultivating Creativity and Letting Go Of Comparison. This is the 6th of 10 Guideposts to Wholehearted Living by Dr. Brene Brown.
I love this guidepost because it invites us to intentionally and actively pursue whatever delights your creative spirit on a regular basis.
There are so many choices here, and no wrong answers. You are invited to participate in anything that brings you joy!
A very prevalent thought that many of us have is that we are not creative. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! There are no rules or rankings when it comes to creative expression. What many of us *do* have are ingrained beliefs regarding our creative potential. We are living a self-imposed lie because we are afraid to embrace our creative potential.
As Dr. Brown tells us, “There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”
We’ve decided that if we aren’t the best at whatever creative process we pursue, then it isn’t worth doing. Our constant comparison to the creative expressions of others stills our creative spirit. We are afraid of judgment, so we stop ourselves before we even begin.
You were born a creative being, you are a creative being, and being creative is your birthright. You must create and resist holding yourself to the standards of others.
It doesn’t matter what type of art you produce. This isn’t a competition, and comparison is the thief of joy. Embracing your creative side is part of reclaiming your authenticity and living a Wholehearted Life! To create is to cultivate meaning in life, and you deserve this.
Try to get your creative juices flowing by taking a class that you find interesting and carving out time for creativity. This might be challenging at first, but soon you will reap the rewards!
Share with me what you’ve been doing that feeds your creative side, and don’t forget to tell me what new crafts you intend to give a try!
if you’d like to connect with these guideposts on a deeper level and find more personal support, don’t hesitate to reach out to me HERE.