Monday, December 7, 2015

Coping With Creativity

These days are dark, and they seem to be getting darker.

When it rains, it pours, and it would appear that the various news junkets are rife with bad news, piling up to the sky with an overabundance of bleakness, shading whatever sunshine we might be experiencing with a dismal gray. I don't think it's a far cry for me to say that the weight of it all can be overwhelming, placing a burden so heavy upon our heads that the idea of holding them high sounds like a pipe dream. We want hope, or at the very least to hear some hopeful news, but these days hope can often feel like it's in short supply.

Here's the part where the hope solution insert usually comes in.

I believe there is a solution, but what I believe to be the solution might sound like foolishness to some. The fact of the matter is I trust in a God that I believe is so much bigger than the circumstances we face today, but I'd be lying if I said that my trust hasn't been misplaced here or there; not by failings on His part, but fickleness on mine. In any case, I will say that God has placed an amazing gift in not only my hands, but in many of yours as well.

"We want hope, or at the very least to hear some hopeful news, but these days hope can often feel like it's in short supply."

Writer Kurt Vonnegut put it this way: "Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

"The fact of the matter is I trust in a God that I believe is so much bigger than the circumstances we face today, but I'd be lying if I said that my trust hasn't been misplaced here or there; not by failings on His part, but fickleness on mine."

That last line, to me, says it all: You will have created something. That in itself is a gift, and one that I believe to be God given. And you don't have to be a genius or very good at it either. Write a story, even if it sucks; paint a picture even if it has zero chance of ending up in a gallery. Write a song or a poem that may never see the light of day, but then again it might, and may possibly inspire or motivate someone else. Dance your butt off even if you have no skill whatsoever because life is sometimes far too short, and the days far too dark to not try and shine whatever joy and light we can while we are able.

"(Creativity) in itself is a gift, and one that I believe to be God given. And you don't have to be a genius or very good at it either. Write a story, even if it sucks; paint a picture even if it has zero chance of ending up in a gallery."

If all your creating accomplishes is making someone smile, laugh or make them forget their problems for a while, then you can consider yourself successful, because the beauty of creativity is that it helps us bear reality when it is at its darkest; imagining helps us believe there are better and more beautiful things ahead. Because if we can imagine it, then it may just be possible.

God gave us the ability to create things, so let's create something good.

God bless and write on,
-KDG



No comments:

Post a Comment