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by David N Johnson

September 28, 2023

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Imagine sitting on a secluded beach, your toes caressing the warm sand as the sun dips below the horizon. You find a smooth, untouched rock and decide to make your mark, etching a simple design onto its surface. As you finish, you can’t help but marvel at the small yet profound act you’ve just completed. You’ve transformed a piece of the world, and in doing so, you’ve also transformed a piece of yourself.

Now, let’s pivot from that tranquil beach to our bustling, everyday lives. Have you ever stopped to wonder what your most significant role is in this expansive, interconnected world of ours? Is it to accumulate wealth, seek pleasure, or perhaps, to create something lasting and meaningful?

The Dichotomy of Creation and Destruction

Life often feels like a grand play where two main characters—Creation and Destruction—are perpetually in conflict, vying for the spotlight. It’s a bit like a seesaw in a playground; when one side rises, the other falls. Yet, have you ever wondered why these two forces seem so inseparable?

To understand this, let’s take a moment for a thought experiment. Picture two parallel universes: one governed solely by the principles of creation, and the other solely by destruction. In the world of creation, cities bloom like flowers, art and technology advance at an unprecedented rate, and interpersonal bonds are unbreakable. Contrastingly, the world of destruction is a bleak landscape—buildings crumble, artworks decay, and relationships disintegrate. Each world, in its extreme, feels incomplete, almost unsustainable, doesn’t it?

What this reveals is a fascinating paradox. Creation and destruction aren’t just rivals; they’re dance partners in the intricate ballet of existence. But here’s the kicker: while both are inevitable, it’s the act of creating that brings warmth to our souls and enriches the tapestry of human experience.

Why Creating Is Our True Calling

We’re all born with a sense of wonder, a natural curiosity that drives us to explore the world around us. Remember building sandcastles as a child or crafting stories in your imagination? It’s as if we come into this world with an innate desire to bring new things into existence. Why is that?

Think about the last time you created something—be it a meal, a painting, or even a well-crafted email. Didn’t it feel as though you had tapped into something deeper, something almost sacred? That’s because creation is more than a hobby or a skill; it’s a form of self-expression, a way to externalize the complex inner workings of our minds.

From an evolutionary standpoint, our capacity for creation has been a game-changer. Early humans who could craft tools, create art, or even tell compelling stories had a significant advantage. They could solve problems, build communities, and pass down knowledge, setting the stage for the complex societies we live in today.

So, when we engage in acts of creation, we’re not just indulging a personal passion; we’re participating in a lineage that stretches back to the dawn of humanity. Isn’t that awe-inspiring?

The Ripple Effect of Creation

Imagine a single note struck on a piano, resonating in a quiet room. Soon, other instruments join in, each adding its own voice to the melody. Before you know it, you have a full-blown orchestra, each instrument harmonizing with the others, all originating from that initial, solitary note. This illustrates the cascade effect of creation—one simple act can inspire a symphony of additional creations, each enriching the original in unforeseen ways.

Have you ever considered how your own creative endeavors impact the world around you?

Let’s do a quick exercise. Take a minute to think of a time when something you created—maybe a blog post, a piece of music, or a simple gesture of kindness—had an unexpected impact on someone else. How did that make you feel? Chances are, it filled you with a sense of purpose, a realization that your actions have weight and significance.

But it’s not just about the immediate impact. When you create, you also inspire others to do the same. It’s as if you’ve passed the baton in a never-ending relay of human potential. Your painting inspires someone to write a poem, which in turn inspires another to compose a song, and the cycle continues, enriching our collective experience.

The beauty of this ripple effect is that it knows no boundaries. It transcends geographical borders, cultural differences, and even time itself. What you create today could very well become a cherished artifact or a spark of inspiration for future generations. Isn’t it incredible to think that your creativity could echo throughout the corridors of time?

Creation in Everyday Life

We’ve talked about the grandeur and impact of creation, but how do we translate this into our day-to-day existence? After all, not all of us are artists, inventors, or groundbreaking scientists. Does that mean we’re excluded from this circle of creators? Absolutely not.

Consider the simple act of cooking a meal. You start with individual ingredients—flour, vegetables, spices—and through a creative process, you transform them into a delicious dish. You’ve added value, not just to your own life, but potentially to the lives of those who share the meal with you. It’s creation on a micro-level, but it’s impactful nonetheless.

But what if cooking isn’t your thing? No worries. Acts of creation come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some practical takeaways to kickstart your own creative journey:

  1. Start Small: You don’t need to write a novel. A short poem or even a well-thought-out social media post can be a good start.
  2. Collaborate: Join forces with someone whose skills complement yours. Together, you can create something neither of you could alone.
  3. Set Aside Time: Even dedicating 15 minutes a day to a creative endeavor can yield significant results over time.
  4. Seek Feedback: Share your creations with friends or online communities. The input can be invaluable for growth.
  5. Stay Curious: Keep an open mind and explore new avenues of creativity. Who knows where they might lead?

Remember, the goal isn’t to create a masterpiece; it’s to engage in the act of creating itself. So, what’s stopping you from picking up that paintbrush, pen, or spatula and contributing your unique flavor to the world?

Overcoming The Barriers to Creation

Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room: Creating isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve all been there—staring at a blank canvas, an empty document, or a pile of unused materials, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer possibilities and paralyzed by self-doubt. So, what holds us back from turning our creative dreams into reality?

One of the biggest culprits is the fear of failure. What if no one likes what I create? What if I’m not good enough? These thoughts can be crippling, but they’re also part of the creative process. The trick is to reframe failure as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block. After all, each failed attempt is a lesson learned, a rung on the ladder to mastery. Have you ever let the fear of failure deter you from starting a creative project?

Another barrier is the notion that you need an abundance of resources—time, money, skills—to create something meaningful. While these can certainly help, they’re not prerequisites. Some of the most iconic artworks, inventions, and ideas were born from limitations. Constraints can often serve as the walls of a creative playground, forcing us to think outside the box.

So, how do we overcome these barriers? Here are some strategies to consider:

  1. Embrace Imperfection: Your first draft, prototype, or sketch doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to exist.
  2. Set Realistic Goals: Aim for achievable milestones rather than grandiose end results. This makes the creative journey more manageable.
  3. Find Your Community: Surround yourself with supportive people who can provide constructive criticism and encouragement.
  4. Practice Mindfulness: Being present in the moment can alleviate anxiety and open up creative channels.
  5. Take Breaks: Sometimes stepping away from a project can provide new perspectives and reignite your creative spark.

The road to creation may be riddled with obstacles, but remember, every barrier is a challenge waiting to be conquered. Are you ready to break through and unleash your creative potential?

Final Thoughts

We’ve ventured through the labyrinth of human creativity, from its primal roots to its profound impact on society and even the barriers that stand in its way. It’s been quite the odyssey, hasn’t it? But as we reach the end of this exploratory journey, one question looms large: How will you commit to being a creator in your own life, starting today?

The world doesn’t just need more doctors, lawyers, or engineers; it needs creators—people willing to breathe life into new ideas, carve out fresh narratives, and add layers of complexity and beauty to our shared human experience. Whether it’s by penning a heartfelt letter, planting a garden, or coding a revolutionary app, your contributions matter. They’re threads in the intricate, ever-expanding quilt of existence.

So, as you step back into the hustle and bustle of daily life, carry this thought with you: Your greatest duty, your noblest quest, is to create. To add to the world, not subtract from it. And in doing so, you not only enrich the lives of those around you, but you also fulfill the most authentic version of yourself.

Call to Action

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories, your plans, or your freshly-sparked ideas on how you intend to add to the world through creation. Let’s keep this vital conversation going and inspire each other to reach new creative heights.

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  • An excellent read on why and how to use our creative power, no matter how talented we ‘think’ we are, to make a unique experience of what would otherwise seem like mundane days.

    Nothing about our life needs to be boringly ordinary or taken for granted. Every moment is an opportunity to turn our minds and soul to the task of making something special of it.

    • David N Johnson says:

      Thank you so much for your insightful comment! I couldn’t agree more. The beauty of creation is that it turns the ‘ordinary’ into the ‘extraordinary,’ elevating even the most mundane moments into opportunities for wonder and impact. It’s all about embracing those opportunities to infuse our daily lives with meaning and uniqueness. Your words perfectly capture the essence of turning every moment into a canvas for creative expression. I’m thrilled the post resonated with you. Let’s continue to inspire each other to make the most of these creative opportunities, shall we?

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