Thursday, July 17, 2014

The opposite of heavy is light

If your heart is heavy for whatever reason, you can make it light by turning to some creative activity that you enjoy. All of us have creative talent. God endowed us at birth. The thing is that too many of us do not recognise our talent and fulfil its promise. Or, we do not recognise the things we do as creative. Anything that you make from a vision in your head, any thing you feel and do differently, or introduce to others is part of this super creative world in which we live. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker – ever watched someone who enjoys what he (she) does and knows it is worthwhile and recognises that he has a 'style' which is peculiarly his own. Priceless- like a certain butcher in the market who can always get an audience as he prepares his cuts of meat.

You don't have to be able to draw, paint, write, sing, play an instrument, invent something, or any of the other activities recognised as 'creative' to be creative. 

Do you like gardening, cooking, sewing, entertaining, taking care of people ? – you can name it – you are creating. It might be something solid or something more ephemeral like just joy in someone's heart.
Anything that gives you pleasure to create lifts your spirit.

I enjoyed teaching, but when I was in the classroom I don't know if I consciously regarded what I was doing as 'creative'. Looking back, I know it was.

For me, now, it is writing stories and listening to music and sometimes singing along (especially if I am alone since I can't sing). I can't listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, for one, without feeling uplifted. I create along with the singers. Cooking does it for me too. Sometimes it is just looking into the future and creating visions, like a movie in my head, of what could be.

So if you are feeling down, lift your spirit, lighten your heart. Find your creative space and immerse yourself in it. 

P.S. Prayer can do it too, but some of us think we don’t know how to pray. That's for another blog

I gone to cook LOL