“Do not neglect the gift you have”
1 Timothy 4:14
Hello again, friends!
For today’s post, I drew inspiration from something that I’ve been doing for years, and that’s writing down all of the inspiring quotes that I read or come across throughout my life. For a while now, I’ve had a tumblr account, and I used to post a lot of photos of my yoga practice there, alongside a ‘quote of the day’. It might have been a quote that I’d googled, or something that I’d read somewhere and written down. I loved it. I still love it.
I know there’s something super cheesy about posting quotes on social media – it’s absolutely classic. But, I’d say, it’s classic for a good reason! We all love an inspiring quote here and there, and no matter how much we may poke fun at some of them, a lot of the time, we can actually draw great encouragement from a little inspirational line or verse that is able to pierce through the veil we show to the world and touch our souls.
Creativity has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s what makes my soul come alive. Heck, I’d go so far as to say it’s what makes all of our souls come alive. We’re all born creative, and as we grow up, modern life has a way of knocking it right out of us. We’re taught that we need to be smart, or to have a trade, and that the creative outlets are hobbies, not something we should dedicate all that much time to, because not many people actually ‘make it’ or become ‘successful’ in their creative ventures.
I’m sorry, but I just totally disagree with that. When we start education, we’re given crayons, we’re encouraged to write stories, poetry, to act things out, to dance, to play, to imagine. Then, as we go through the education system and into employment, we’re taught reason, facts, figures, ‘intellect’… we’re encouraged to put the crayons aside and instead, to be productive, to make money, to adopt the mindset of taking up a daily routine.
I for one would love to just say no to all of that. I’d love to pick my crayons back up, and to do whatever it is my soul longs for. I am making a commitment to never settle in life, to never limit myself just to be ‘safe’, or to make money. I’m making a commitment to the girl in me who was told to put her crayons aside, a commitment to creating, to playing, to staying excited about life. Here are just a few quotes that keep me encouraged in my venture of creativity.
Something I’m trying hard to ‘unlearn’ is fear of failure.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control” 2 Timothy 1:7
Scolding for being wrong, corrective behaviours, criticism, praise for being ‘right’… throughout our lives we’re told that it’s good to be right and bad to be wrong, and if we’re wrong, it’s seen as pretty darn shameful. I don’t think this is a good way to go about things, honestly. Being wrong shows that you’ve tried. It shows that you’re thinking, that you’re exploring, that you’re imagining and striving for something. There is absolutely nothing shameful in being wrong, and once you realise this, it becomes a whole lot easier to try, to put yourself ‘out there’ and to create.
If we allow our self-doubts, our self-limiting, our minimising of our own talents and gifts to stop us from living a full, creative life, then it’s not only us who miss out, but everyone else who we could’ve influenced, encouraged, and inspired through our work. Self-doubt is unfortunately something that comes natural to a lot of us, but if you find yourself falling into that rabbit hole of self-doubt, don’t allow yourself to keep tumbling. Lift your head up, and climb back out of it, counteract that self-doubt with creation, acknowledge your fears and your doubts, and do it anyway.
This is one of my main motivations to keep reinforcing the fact that I’m committed to living a creative life. I believe that God wants us to love what we’re doing. He wants us to live our life in such a way that miracles are born from our hands, that love and light pour from our souls and touch every person that we interact with, and the only way for this to become our reality, is to do everything that we do with love.
Your interests, your goals, your way of doing things… they’re all valid and important. If you love it, chances are there will be others who love it too.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Create because you love it. You don’t need the validation of others in order to feel like your work is worthwhile. Do it for God and God alone, and you can’t help but create something beautiful.
Man, this one hits me! Being creative, seeking out a life that feels authentic and full of miracles and love, it’s definitely not the easiest thing in the world. It’s pretty darn scary, especially in an age when the number one thing on everyone’s priorities list is making money. Whenever I have an idea, or I’m pondering what I want to do with my life, it’s so difficult to shake off that “but how will this pay the bills, provide for your family, make you comfortable?” thought. I know that I just need to pray, and then to jump, and God will give me my wings as I’m free falling through the air. It’s the farthest thing from secure that I can imagine, but, that kind of makes it amazing, too.
It’s such a practice in faith, and the only way to grow and develop in faith, to see mountains moved and to walk over oceans, is to just go for it, and believe with all you have that God will provide. I fully believe that He will, despite my fears and anxieties about security (or lack thereof).
Well, that’s pretty good to know!! It’s so true though. Just keep going, keep doing what you love, and like everything else in life, the more you do it, the easier it will become, and the more natural it’ll feel.
Vulnerability. I guess this ties in to every single other quote on this list. It’s a big word, though, with a lot of emotional weight attached to it. None of us like being vulnerable, especially not out in the open for anyone to see. We can deal with being vulnerable alone, or with someone we’re really close to, but the thought of then putting our work out there, of allowing others to see our goals, our aspirations… it makes us so vulnerable, because we feel as though somehow, being open means that we have to succeed, because more people are watching.
It’s in those moments of vulnerability, when we allow ourselves to really imagine what it is we want, and what it will take for us to get there, and then properly go out and act on it, that masterpieces are created.
I don’t quite know how much I agree with this one. I like it because I’m really sensitive, and it makes me feel like that’s okay (which it totally is, but that’s not always the vibes I get!). I actually think that every single human is creative, we’re all born creative, we’re made in the image of God, the ultimate Creator! Coming out of God, being a product of His divinity, how could we not be creative?
Maybe we’re all sensitive too. To varying degrees, of course, but I doubt there’s a single person reading this who hasn’t felt everything all at once before, who hasn’t stood on the edge of a cliff, looking out over the ocean, and been in overwhelming wonder of the creative powers of whoever it is who made this universe.
Love love love love love love love. Love makes the world go round. Love lights up our hearts, it warms our souls, it brings a light to our eyes and opens up our minds and stretches out our arms to the rest of Creation.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:16