One of the most life changing words ever spoken to me was, “Mónica, you are CREATIVE.”
I confess, it wasn’t till I came face to face with the Creator that I fully understood how a person like me, too can be creative. When I understood, and I mean REALLY understood that when I was woven together in my mother’s womb, I was created by the Creator Himself, how can I challenge such powerful, audacious words like that of the Bible?! Who am I kidding?
I have found the secret to living. Truly. And I say this with the upmost certainty and boldness as I am bold and certain that I love my kids.
Gratitude. The secret to living is gratitude.
Simple yet robust; I KNOW! Yet, it isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, right? Memes, documentaries & blogs; they are plastered everywhere with the simple truth of how gratitude changes how you see and appreciate life. If you are one of the few (very few), that haven’t heard how gratitude changes you, I promise you; after reading this blog post, YOU WILL.
Why is this? Because whatever we are focused on expands. For decades of my life (phew!), I was so busy trying to come up with creative ideas on how I can be creative. Ha! Comical, right?! “Maybe I can be a nail technician or sell AVON. Maybe I can be a realtor or sell credit card machines. Oh, I know! I can be a social media manager and help others be creative. Yes! That’s the one.” All these sound like jobs right? They were! All on quest to find my creative flow.
Focused too much on what creativity looked like in the lives of other’s, it came easy to try and carbon copy myself into a womb of another being and cross fingers something, ANYTHING, eventually would stick. It only took me being assigned pedi’s at the nail shop so that customers wouldn’t be plagued with my nail painting, to know that wasn’t it. (I was bad at painting nails!) Oh, and it took ONE Sip n Paint sesh to scare even myself out of the paintbrush and canvas isles at Michael’s. Yet, one word changed my whole creative life. Gratitude.
I began to ask the questions to myself as well as others around me, “What do I like? What am I good at?” The answers didn’t come easy and creativity didn’t follow soon after. Creativity for me began the day I stopped looking at the creativity of others to mimic and began thanking the Creator for how He created me. Flaws and erry’thang!
Allow me to speak life changing words into you too, friend: “You are CREATIVE!” Genesis 1:26- “We were all created in the likeness and image of God.” Image of God is not so much something that a man bears as something that a man is. Woah! (thanks focusonthefamily.com!)
Being creative is a natural response on simply being who the Creator created YOU to be. He happened to be amazing at creating. Simply look at the world around you. Even better, take a minute and look at you. Look at how far you’ve come. Look at all the amazing things you can do. Focus on one thing you can be grateful for today; like the ability to read or write… Health, love, friendships, God’s promises. There is always something to be thankful for. Grab your one thing for today and tomorrow focus on another and the next day another.
This is the beginning of living, creatively. We are all creative.
– love & light,