Recently I asked myself these questions, “Why do I believe so passionately that creative expression is a sacred trust? Why do I believe it’s vital to leading a full life?”
It wasn’t always like that
I grew up around people who taught taking time to paint and draw was a frivolous use of a precious resource. The leaders of the church I attended taught fiction was like telling lies. Dire warnings that following my own path threatened the natural order of the universe. People I respected told me creativity was highly suspect and safer to steer clear.
Why the next thing you knew, I’d be thinking independantly!
Not my truth
Is it any wonder I felt confused? What I heard didn’t line up with inner wisdom.
It was years before I realized those message told me more about the messengers and not about truth. Their words and warnings reflected warped belief systems, disappointed dreams and their own legacy of distorted messages.
I consider myself fairly easy to buy for at Christmas (unlike my husband who won’t even give me a hint!). I still love my toys as in art supplies, books or quilting supplies which are always at the top of my list. There are other ‘non-essentials’ on that list, as well. And if all else fails, a gift certificate for those aforementioned toys is always welcome (just in case you’re still wondering what to get me.)
This year, however, Santa really used his imagination and put a Sizzix Big Shot under the tree. I guess he was paying attention when I went on and on (and on…) about how useful it would be for my latest creative interest — rug hooking. I may have also mentioned it was a good tool for quilting. (Santa likes getting bonus points for hitting all the marks.)
After opening my presents Christmas morning I pulled some Thinlit Dies I’d bought a year or two ago (with no way to use them? Do you do that, too? Just in case?). I also grabbed some of the wrapping paper lying about and just had fun. So easy! In fact, I may have to add paper crafting to my creative list in the new year.
Looking around for new mountains to conquer, I got to wondering if there were cutting dies Santa could use for his HO model railroad. Naturally I asked The Google Machine and of course there are! Lots of nice buildings for his layout.
So Santa is feeling pretty pleased with himself and his gifting acumen.
Me? I have another creative project to add to my list.