The Gift of Creativity


"The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is in giving your gift away."  David Viscott
In this season of gift giving, I would like to focus on the gifts we already have and the ones that may not have been used or discovered yet.  

I found the quote above several years ago.  It resonated with me because it pretty much summed up my feelings about my creative abilities.  I would always be making something and then give it away.  Some of the best experiences I've had, were opportunities to donate my work for charity auctions.  It was thrilling to know that my art could make more money for a charity than I was able to give.

I knew I wanted to write about the gift of creativity this week, and of course, as the Law of Attraction would have it, I rediscovered this quote while looking through an old journal.  This time, I find it even more meaningful.  I think of my blog as a gift given to me that provides me with an outlet to send out my gift of positive, creative vibes that hopefully will find their way to wherever they are needed.  My hope is that I am able to offer a light on the creative journey to awaken or expand creative potential.

Back in the eighties, I read, What Color is Your Parachute" by Dick Bolles. This book is considered to be the job hunters bible and has been updated over and over again.  As a creative soul trying to survive in the land of numbers and big business, I took to heart his message about finding and defining your mission in life.  

When I wrote my mission statement the first time, part of it read that I wanted to work for a company that measured its success by how many people were helped rather than how many dollars were made.  I never did get to work for that type of company/organization, so I had to find ways to make that the philosophy of my personal life.

I truly believe that in order to experience a life full of joy and gratitude, you need to have a sense of purpose - to know or find your mission that you were sent here to accomplish.  It doesn't matter if you know it early in life or if it takes a lifetime searching for that answer.  Finding your purpose and using the gifts you were given to achieve your mission makes a world of difference in how you feel about yourself.

We are taught that we will get that sense of purpose from our jobs, but most people are working in a job that just pays the bills, not one that offers personal fulfillment.  So, it becomes more important to find other ways to use or develop your gifts.  If you don't know what they are, then it is your mission to find that out.

Every soul has their potential role to play in this life.  Some may be for a smaller audience like your family or close friends, while others may be for a larger stage, influencing others in your community or even worldwide.

The key is not if your gift makes you important, it's what you do with your gifts that is important.

Whether your gifts are in the visual arts, design, crafts, music, writing, dance, cooking/baking, carpentry/diy or gardening - if you are blessed with creative gifts of any kind, you have the ability to add beauty to a world that desperately needs uplifting and transformation.

In times like today, with our economy in the state that it is and so many people out of work, creativity is more important than ever.  It is going to take creatives and their creative ideas to get us back on track.  Your gifts are needed at every level.  No matter how small or grand the contribution; collectively, the positive energy generated has the power to make this world a better place.

The gifts you already have, the ones you have had since birth, are the ones that really matter.  Nothing under the tree this year, or from Christmas past can compare.  Your gift is the gift you are able to give to others.  Your gifts make a difference.

What is your gift?  What were you sent here to do?  How will you use your gifts?  Will you be able to complete your mission?