“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”— George Kneller
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By Stuart Young
Em and I were talking the other night whilst we walked our dogs about
being creative. We debated what it meant to be creative. I was arguing that
in order to be truly happy one must be creating. Even the simple single
celled organisms live only to re-create. Our deep- est desire is to
re-create by pro-creating. It’s the most natural thing in the system we
know as life. Everything that is alive is trying to re- create.
So, maybe if we find ourselves stuck in a job or in a life that isn’t in
a process of creating we become depressed. After all – this is our purpose.
As living entities we are driven to create. Em’s point was that simply by
tidying her desk she is creating – she’s creating a calm space in which to
work which might then lead on to more creative thought processes. We
debated this point for a while until I concede- ed that she was right. (It
often happens that way!)
So, my point today is we just need to turn our attention to what we are
already doing and find the creativity in it. Whether you’re an accountant
tapping a calculator all day (creating order out of chaos) or if you are a
road digger (creating the opportunity for something to be installed or
fixed) or a dog walker (creating time to think – for yourself and
undoubtedly for the dog owners too), we are all creat- ing in some way,
shape or form.
If you feel you are in a bit of a rut at the moment find your creativity –
it will reconnect you to your purpose, it may even become your
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