I know, we’ve all been bombarded with the term “creative life” or “creative living” over and over for the past few years to the point that it’s almost lost its unique sparkle. We know what the media’s definition of the term is, but have you stopped to think what this term really means ? Have you taken the time to consider what it means to YOU?
Does it mean you have to be an artist or a crafting extraordinaire?
Does it mean you have to paint vintage furniture, adore crystal knobs or have a beloved pet?
Does it mean you have to be serious or can it be silly?
Or does it simply mean being still and contemplating God’s beautiful creation?
Living a “Creative Life”. What is it really, and how do you begin to define it? Let’s explore this together.
As you know, literally hundreds of magazines and books have attempted to define a creative life for us. Some of these definitions are incredibly brilliant, inspirational, and provide us with a never-ending source of stunningly gorgeous reference material (photos) to boot. In addition, a number of these definitions are very relevant to our own lives and compliment how we actually live (or wish to live).
Beyond the wonderful resources that are available to us today, no magazine, book or catalog can truly define the term for us. Sure, it’s especially enjoyable to go to a local Pottery Barn store, grab their gorgeous catalog and relish every beautiful page. Or to receive Country Living magazine in the mail and cut out ideas you want to use for your next decorating project. However, does the content within the pages define how you want to live your creative life? Probably not. Can the act of browsing through a catalog or magazine enjoying every moment be included as part of your creative life? I say, absolutely, YES!
With that said…what does it mean to live a truly creative life? To even begin contemplating the answer to this question for ourselves, it would be helpful to look at the terms creative, create, and life.
Creative = the ability or power to create
Create = to bring into existence
Example: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, Genesis 1:1
Life = our own existence or period of existence
With a clear understanding of the true meaning of these words, I feel we must include, in our personal definition of a creative life, the things that give us the ability or power to create.
- Of course, God
- Anything that supports the act of creation
i.e., all of our senses… touch, sound, sight, smell, taste. Without these, it would be difficult, if not impossible to create.
- Anything that feeds our passion to create
Without passion, the act of creation would be mundane and expressionless. Anything that inspires us can feed our passion.
I think you get where I’m going with this. Did you also notice that nowhere did I say that the act of creation or the ability to create is strictly reserved for artists?
For my own personal definition, I will include beauty and color. As inspirational sources, they can stand very well on their own, but I think this is what we should strive for in our finished creations. Using God’s creation as our example, the beauty and color that resulted from His finished creation of the heavens and earth is beyond words.
With the above definitions fresh in mind, I quickly listed just a few ideas of what living a creative life might be:
- Cooking and baking for your family
- Decorating for the holidays
- The process of making a house a home
- Making others and yourself laugh
- Arranging and organizing items
- And yes, any artistic endeavor… the possibilities are endless
Bottom-line. Your creative life definition is truly your own and is about surrounding yourself with creative activities you absolutely love doing.
Okay, now that we all have some things to think about, I’d love to hear how you defined this for yourself. Just leave me a comment to share. 😉
Go to the next post in my series: Day 3: Wake Up Sleepy Head
“Your masterful brushstrokes, your exquisite use of color and composition, the grandeur of your landscapes, and sublime expression of the human form… God, your art is beyond compare and deeply inspires me!”