“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” Pearl S. Buck
Everyone has creativity. Most of us haven’t really explored ourselves deeply enough to have found it. But creativity will save your soul from all the trials of your life.
“There is always someone to teach you things mechanical or scientific or mathematical like carpentry or algebra or chemistry, or intellectual things like literature or philosophy or athletic things like baseball or riding a bicycle or hi-tech things like operating a computer or a smart phone. But in the things that really matter, life, love, reality, God, no one can teach you a thing. All they can do is give you formulas. And as soon as you have a formula, you have reality filtered through the mind of someone else.
If you take those formulas you will be imprisoned. You will wither and when it comes to die, you will not have known what it means to see for yourself, to learn.”
“Knowledge without deep comprehension, imagination and compassion is just a more complex form of ignorance. The human family has a profound opportunity now, to use our hearts and minds (wisdom and compassion) to understand and then solve the countless difficulties that we have been grappling with.
We have to encourage our children to think and learn more naturally, to understand how the systems that surround us all flow together and are connected, because until the true nature of a problem is understood deeply (and cared about) it cannot be solved, creatively.
We need to shift paradigms, to grow wiser, all of us, especially the dominant cultures and civilizations. We are good at taking tests and building machines, because we have learned to think mechanistically. Such thinking got us to the moon, but it’s never going to solve the social, cultural and ecological problems that it helped to create.”
“Self discovery doesn’t happen with your friends, your co workers, your mom or your spouse/significant other. Set time aside to sit with yourself daily for 30 minutes. You are probably asking yourself why or what you’re supposed to do with that time. In that time look at where you’re at in life. Reflect. Acknowledge. Speak. Reflect on how you got to where you are now. Acknowledge your successful events and not so successful events. Speak life over yourself.
No matter how many people you have around you, at the end of the day you have to be the one to pick your own self up. No one can be a bigger cheerleader for you than YOU. Why are you here? Seriously. What is your purpose? Who are you? Being a mom, dad, spouse, friend are great and I also want you to really think about these questions. Are you living out your purpose? Are you committed to being a better version of yourself? There is always room for growth.”