The creative life

CREATIVITY —for some of us it could be an intimidating word! Famous names from the arts and the sciences come quickly to mind. Michelangelo. Copernicus. Rembrandt. Beethoven. Einstein. Picasso.

Names like those could make us feel small and insignificant. But creativity can be expressed in so many different ways in our life. The astute businessman or businesswoman who found a useful product and devised an innovative way to market it, is an example of that. The teacher who discovered a better way to convey ideas, and to make his subject alive to his pupils, is also expressing creativity. And on a different level, and perhaps in a deeper way, the young children who see beauty and wonder in everything surrounding them, are teaching us to recognize and cherish a creative approach to life itself.

Creativity is more than devising ways of doing things. In its higher meaning, it is discovery. It is the art of seeing, and making plain to others, as well as to ourselves, the richness, perfection, and beauty of life. We all possess the gift of creativity. It is God-given and inherent in each one of us.

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March 19, 2001

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