Word of the Month: Creativity

A hallmark of a creative project is that when we start out, we don’t know what we’re going to end up with. As a quote attributed to the writer Ray Bradbury succinctly states, “Creativity is a continual surprise.” We may have a flash of creative inspiration at the outset, but as we interact with the page or the paint or whatever medium we are using, a project may well take us in very surprising directions. 

The creative process can be thought of as a journey. Like all journeys, it happens over the course of time. Though the world may focus on the end result, the process of being creative is its own reward. According to Marianne Williamson, “The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative.”

It’s important to remember that all of us can be creative. The joy of creativity is not something that is just reserved for people who are considered to be professional artists. We can bring creativity to various aspects of our lives, even when we are doing something as ordinary as composing an email message or preparing a meal. At its core, creativity is about self-expression and self-revelation. We all have the capability to express and reveal ourselves through our creative actions. 

See more features from the January 2015 issue