Creativity is a Matter of Perspective

Creativity is when you can look at the same thing everyone else does and see something different.

 What is it that makes one person different from another? Why did Benjamin Franklin look at lightning and think, “I wonder if I could capture that power somehow?”  Most people were just enjoying or hiding from the light show and sitting by their candles in the house.

Is it about luck and being in the right place at the right time? Perhaps a little bit, but mostly it’s about training your brain to actually “see” what’s in front of you.  For the same reason we can walk across a field and get highly annoyed at all the grass burrs that get caught on our socks, someone like George de Mestral starts thinking of possibilities and Velcro was created as a result.

So how do we train our brains to “see” what is in front of us?  By setting our intentions for the day to be in a “grateful to be alive and open to the possibilities” mindset, we are more apt to notice things, see things from that slightly different view point that makes creativity possible and ever present. 

 How wonderful to sit and watch small children as they discover things for the first time.  They aren’t prejudging what something is or does; they are reaching out for it, picking it up, or going in for a closer look.  Once they find some secret – like the “jack” inside the box, or the pearl inside the oyster, their face fills with joy at the discovery.

 How much more creative are we when we take the time to enjoy the sunrise, share a sunset with a friend or loved one, taste a new dish for the first time, read a book about a new subject, walk a different path, meditate or pray to calm the spirit, listen to a new kind of music, or travel to a new destination?

 We train ourselves to see when we practice feeding our creative and spiritual aspects of ourselves.  So do something different, don’t get upset whatever it is doesn’t go as first planned, just go with the flow and see how things turn out.  Who knows what you might discover along the way. 

 Cherry Coley ©

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Life is a gift, not to be wasted or taken for granted. I believe life is a journey, that we are put here for a purpose that each of us has to discover within ourselves. Each day we are given is a new opportunity to seize the moments, the experiences that make up our individual journey. I have seen my share of storms along the way, but have learned that with faith and good friends, there is nothing that you can’t face, learn from, and come out growing stronger from the experience. I have many interests, hobbies and passions. Writing, art, and expanding my knowledge about why people believe what they do, including studying different religions and cultures, becoming a Life Coach, practicing Reiki, and spending time with my girls, are some of my passions. Interests include: studying history, science, physics, walking/running, learning yoga, Pilates, trying new recipes, finding new and interesting places to visit, spending time with friends, learning new ways of doing things, guitar, piano, writing songs, photography, and painting and so much more than I could name here. I enjoy meeting new people, trading stories, ideas and sharing experiences. I love going to plays and concerts, and encouraging others to be their best while finding myself along the way. Cherry Coley (c)
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4 Responses to Creativity is a Matter of Perspective

  1. shianwrites says:

    Great post. We have to pay attention. I’m trying to learn to do this, it makes life a lot easier.

  2. sixpuns says:

    The work I do on my blog involves looking at words from all angles–I find this post to be very true.

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