Remember that girl you knew in high school who could do it all–sing, dance, act, paint? Everyone knows someone like that. I did and I always thought, “She’s so creative, but I am just not the ‘creative-type’.” I used to joke with my husband about how I was a very mediocre person. I had never considered myself talented. I could do a lot of things but really didn’t excel at anything.
One day that thinking and the way I perceived myself changed. I am a Mormon and every year at the end of September all of the women in our church gather for a world-wide meeting to hear from women and men leaders in our church. In 2008, I stumbled into my local church to watch a broadcast of this meeting. It had been a crazy-mom kind of day. I was tired and stressed out and really didn’t even want to go. I was late and missed most of the first half of the meeting. Then, President Dieter F. Uctdorf got up to give his talk. It was like I was the only one there, and he had written his talk just for me. He defined creativity as “bringing into existence something that did not exist before” and also said that being creative doesn’t have to be perfect. What?! That meant that being who I am, using the talents I had been given and trying my best was enough. Wow, that was a revelation indeed. A part of me that I had never known was awakened and my life was changed.
Since that day, I have looked at creativity in a whole new way. I feel creative when I organize my pantry. I feel creative when I think of a new way to teach my children. I feel creative when I write a note to a friend. I feel creative when I prepare our family budget each month. I try to find creativity in everything I do. I also decided to develop some new talents. I am an avid sewer now and while I still have a lot to learn and my projects are far from perfect I find so much joy in creating something with my sewing machine. I started cooking healthy meals from scratch and looking for creative ways to get those meals on the table quickly and efficiently. I have painted furniture and made decor for my home. I now find that I crave creativity in my everyday life. I was missing out on so much because I didn’t think I was creative.
If you feel like you’re just not the “creative type” I challenge you to think again. Everyone is creative. Look in the world around you and look inside yourself. We were all created by the ultimate Creator and he has given us unique ways to bring out our creativity.
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