Creativity is a virtue because it allows us to improvise and act in innovative ways. A successful life requires that we approach it in a creative way, open to new directions, challenges, opportunities and solutions. Life is ever-changing, evolving, always becoming something new. Everything is in the process of becoming something else. Your family, your career, your friendships, your personal growth are all evolving, changing and morphing into something fresh. The only constant in life is constant change. This dynamic, this continual flow of life is to be embraced, for when one embraces the process as an artist and uses one’s life as a painter would a canvas, or a sculptor a piece of clay or rock, amazing things can happen. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as being creative. We assume creative people are artists, poets, playwrights, potters, those individuals who practice the “creative arts.” But creativity is called for in all of life’s activities, if we are to be successful. It takes creativity to parent children, run a business, plan a vacation, throw a dinner party, or to perform thousands of other activities that we normally don’t think of as creative, but which in fact are.
Which brings us to an important point. When did we stop thinking of ourselves as creative? If you ask a five-year-old if they are creative, over ninety percent of them will say ‘yes’. If you ask a twenty-five-year-old if they are creative, less than ten percent will agree. What happened? Somewhere along the way we have been shamed, told that we lack talent and creativity, and we have erroneously accepted that. Who knows what the incident was that turned us away from our creative talents. The psyche is a very fragile apparatus and often it can be an seemingly inconsequential event, a thoughtless remark, a meaningless gesture that we misconstrued, that triggers our response. Whatever the cause, it is time to reclaim the natural, inborn creativity that we all possess. Yes, I said all. Every one of us is creative and all of us can live our life in a creative way. It is a virtue to embrace our creativity. To reclaim it. To welcome it back and to become artists of life. For if the truth be told, the greatest art of all is living a successful life.
An artist knows that there is no one way to paint a picture, write a poem or shape a piece of pottery. There are hundreds, thousands of interpretive ways of expressing what you feel. Being true to your vision and what speaks inside you is the only goal. One doesn’t always obtain that goal, but one tries and one creates and something is produced. The same with the living of life. Creativity is a virtue because when you are creative in your life you can relax into it. It is not about getting it right. There are no rules, no rights and wrongs. No one can tell you how to live your life, or what your goals and objectives should be, though they often will try. Artists have only one obligation, and that is to be true to the vision they have inside them. And what if you have no vision inside you? Then be true to your feelings, your insights, your passion. Be true to what calls you. Be true to what gives you joy. Be true to the living of life day by day in an authentic, dignified way that recognizes your right to be creative and live in a way that might be totally different from those around you.
Too many people feel trapped in their lives, trapped in their surroundings and present situations, and they see no way out. An artist never feels trapped for he or she knows that there are alwa