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thoughts about creativity and  art:   live your life as your work of art.

Why being creative is a lifesaver

When you think of a lifesaver, you usually would think of a doctor or emergency  medical technician.

Or a life vest. Or a lifeguard. And you would be right.

I have experienced, however, that I can physically live without observing the beauty of the world around me.

I know that we can plod through our lives without imagining what we could become. As Ken Robinson of The Element says,

“ ...we tend to take our imaginations for granted completely.We’ll even criticize people’s perceptions by telling them that they have ‘overactive imaginations or that what they believe is ’all in their imagination.’  People will pride themselves on being ‘down to earth, ‘ realistic’ and ‘no- nonsense’ and deride those who have their ’heads in the clouds.’ And yet, far more than any other power, imagination is what sets humans apart from any other species on earth.”

Ken Robinson’s definition of  imagination is

”the power to bring to mind things that are not present in our senses”.

With this power, you become free to create because you are not dependent on being limited by something you have already experienced.

Creativity is defined as to “make or cause to be or to become” in the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

Imagination gives you the tools to create. To create is to bring something into being, that has never existed before!

Each person, in their own unique way, has the ability to create.

In this way, we actually create the story of our lives!

As Tom Peters says,

”Your schedule today is ... a short story with a beginning, narrative, end, and memory that lingers on.”

Tell me your story.  How are you using the material of your life to transform that life?