This is Part 2 in a three-part series. Find Part 1 here. To recap:
I had the great pleasure of being interviewed recently as a guest expert for Sue Ann Gleason‘s Well-Nourished Woman Inner Circle. One of the things Sue Ann asked me about was the three complaints she hears from women when she asks them where creativity lives in their well-nourished lives.
For too many of them, that creativity is absent, and for one of the following reasons:
- No Talent
- No Purpose
- No Time
Each of these reasons is a lie. A story we tell ourselves out of fear, or programming, but with no basis in reality.
Yesterday we looked at lie #1, No Talent. Today we look at…
Lie #2: No Purpose
Part of my mission is to change the story in our culture that expressing creativity is a frivolous, and selfish, waste of time.
“If you can’t sell it or quantify it, or if it doesn’t make money or save a life, how can it be of value?” goes the story.
All very well and good if you’re a Puritan and an ascetic. But my belief system says that joy makes my life worth living, and creative expression brings me joy. (Click to tweet this.)
Creative expression has no purpose? How about the purpose of making my life a delight, instead of a slog through a vat of oatmeal? (Click to tweet this.)
And though I can’t say that art has literally prevented me from dying, it has made my life worth living. Feeding my hunger to create has turned my world from shades of grey to vivid Technicolor™. I’m happier and more fulfilled, which means I have more to give to others.
But that’s not the only purpose to be found in creative expression.
Whatever I create, even when I’m “just” mucking about in the Creative Sandbox, I do so with the ultimate goal of touching people.
I write songs to make people laugh, and often to make a point through satire.
I create art to inspire.
I write because I want to unravel my own thinking and change people’s lives.
Your purpose may be different, but anything that creates a connection with other human beings is, by definition, filled with purpose.
In addition, when I allow myself time and space for my creativity, I also model for others that yes, they can do the same!
How can that possibly be “selfish”??
“Without music,” said Nietzsche, “life would be a mistake.” Without joy, my life would be a mistake, and pursuing my creative desires is one of the fastest routes to joy for me. Filling up on creative joy allows me to share more of myself with others, and bring more joy to the world.
Sorry, as I wrote yesterday, “no talent” is no excuse, and “no purpose” is not going to fly as an excuse, either.
Click here to read about lie #3, No Time.
Ready to discover for yourself the joyful purpose that is your creativity? Sign up for my free (free!) Creative Sandbox 101 mini-course through Kickstart Your Change.
It’s five days of tools and prompts to get you playing in the Creative Sandbox just a teeny-tiny bit every day. (Plus everyone who registers will get a bonus coupon on the last day of Creative Sandbox 101 to get 30% off my 30-day Creative Ignition Kit through Monday, December 10.)
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