Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. Proverbs 4:1
Your first step to Creative Living is to go back to school. No not physically, but spiritually, emotionally and mentally. You will need to start with baby steps and not give up when you experience missteps and regress to the wasteful ways that we have all been trained to have.
The great news is the more you accomplish toward your goal the easier it will get. In fact, that’s the beauty of learning to live creatively. You’ll start with your home, maybe one room, much in the same way, today we’re going to start with one part of your body your mind.
Children have a natural curiosity regarding how things work and in some cases what causes them not to work. Boys often tear their toys up to see if they can put them back together again. They learn by doing, by trying, and sometimes by failing.
As we get older, we’re taught to strive for perfection and often are led to believe that such perfection is obtained merely by doing what we’re already good at.
In schools today a prevalent sentiment is that children are assigned courses the teachers and administrators believe the child can handle. There are college tracks and academic tracks and even vocational tracks. That’s all fine and good but it completely ignores the fact that children as well as adults tend to do better at things we are interested in, therefore, if that child is never exposed to the same material as the college-bound person is they are by natural recourse limiting their ability to contribute to society in any form they aren’t exposed to. I totally disagree with this philosophy. I still believe that you can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough to achieve the goal. Children who grow up in this environment will continue to be at a disadvantage. Even if a child is a slower learner, that child should still rightfully be taught. In fact, slower learners are more in need of good teachers. In this environment, the child is being pushed into a mold and told you don’t fit, you can’t become what you might want to be, WE MADE THAT DECISION FOR YOU.
Ok, I’m off my soap box and back to how you can overcome the programming you may have received as a child. I’m going to try to help you rediscover the child within. With that said we’re going to look at another quality that children seem to be born with, IMAGINATION. An imagination is often something that parents actually discourage. I’ve often wondered why, but when little Bobby says a giant purple dinosaur ate his spinach when you watched him feed it to Spike the dog your first reaction is to make him admit it was really Spike that ate the spinach.
We sometimes mistake imagination for deceit. At an early age, children are often encouraged to play then disciplined because they do.
Pretending is the way to begin goal setting and without a good imagination, a person will find it difficult to set goals and ultimately achieve them. We can foster imagination without encouraging deceit by recognizing when a child is pretending. Chances are if you’re sitting right there, and your child tries to convince you that a purple dinosaur is sharing your table he is not trying to lie to you. Instead, your child is inviting you into his world to share a very precious type of joy that is often lost the older you get. Treasure those moments for by doing so you are retraining your mind to think creatively and preparing yourself to solve problems in other than conventional ways.
In difficult times, acquiring this skill, creative thinking can offer solutions to you that would otherwise be lost due to lack of imagination.
You can foster your own creative thinking by using your imagination. This is the first step to living a more creative lifestyle. I’d like to recommend that you search through your stash of school supplies and find a composition book. It will come in handy.
Try this excercise: If you needed to get to the back of your 5-acre property, but you were not allowed to walk or use any automobile or motorized vehicle that you own how would you get there? Use your imagination and think creatively.
This is the first in a series of articles on Learning to Live Creatively by Tammie Clarke Gibbs, author of the Kindle Bestselling Gothic Time Travel Romance, ISLAND OF SECRETS, COUNTERFEIT KISSES, A Historical Romantic Suspense and several non-fiction titles including PLAN A PARTY LIKE A PRO: A PARENTS GUIDE TO PLANNING UNFORGETTABLE KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES.
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