The Ripple Affect
Doing what comes naturally can have far reaching affects both for ourselves and then for others…if, if we are willing create and to share with others.
These ducks have no idea that their paddling affects the water’s surface offering a different view of the reflected trees or an interesting intersection of geometric patterns where circles overlap. We do not always observe the affect of our actions or inactions on either ourselves or others.
Because we have come to hold “art” as the purview of a few: those with talent, those with genius, we dare not show our own creativity. We think it is unworthy. Of course, children do not feel this way. They are proud of their work and we are proud of their work hanging it on our refrigerators and sometimes framing it for our walls. But then, something happens. Somewhere along the line, we are told that our creativity is not sufficient. We should move on to “more important” things. Instead of understanding that creativity is simply a part of our DNA, we come to believe that only “artists” are creative and “talented.”
What would happen to ducks that didn’t paddle, a natural phenomenon for them? Eventually, this instinctual behavior would atrophy. As humans, we are fortunate that creativity has not atrophied although it has suffered a withering blow given our eagerness to endorse science as the only basis for truth.
Hiding, or worse, denying our creativity because it is not good enough stifles a portion of our humanity. I encourage you to praise aloud the virtues of creativity. As we return to the idea that creativity is simply a natural condition of being human, we will paddle about our ponds with more ease and comfort. The ripple affect will provide connections we cannot anticipate both for ourselves and others.
What do you think? I welcome your input.