Thursday, June 27, 2013

Creativity must not be forced.

Quote for my day: Allowing time to be “creative” must not be forced... and the need to wait until you get all of your responsibility “done” ...means.. creativity may never happen. - me

I was always taught that work came first. That life was full of responsibility and privileges. And responsibility always came before privileges. Privileges were your reward for taking care of your responsibilities.

Being raised in the Quaker faith by blue collar parents meant that we worked hard just to make ends meet and that was enough for us to be happy. We were taught that work should be appreciated. To be grateful for the ability to feed your family and pay your electric bill was a blessing.

But as time went by, computers, cell phones and unlimited data packages meant that work was always at your fingertips, just a click away. As the electric bill went up and the economy and paychecks went down, work, and the prayers for more work were granted, creativity seemed to fade.

Forcing yourself to slow down, to be creative, to learn a new hobby, to release the stress of everyday responsibility is harder than I thought it would be. It has to be learned and practiced. It also has to be allowed. It has to be recognized by those around you that need your time, those who want your time, and those who waste your time. 

But most of all, it has to be allowed by yourself.

Just allow...

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