Being a creative blogger has its ups and its downs. Some months I’ll be up every night, unable to sleep because of the ideas filling by brain to the brim, and other times I’ll be up because I just can’t think of a single thing and I’m worried I’ll bore everyone to tears. Also, because there are 152,356 other craft/sewing blogs out there, the urge to compare is HUGE. I am always reminding myself of two things: I know I have been creative my whole life, and I also know where that the gift of Creativity comes from my Heavenly Father, and as long as I am fulfilling the measure of my own creation, everything else is just gravy.
One of the greatest talks or lectures I have ever heard on the subject of creativity is entitled “Happiness, your Heritage” by Dieter F. Uchtorf, an apostle and hilarious German whom I would love to meet someday. I want to share with you one of my favorite excerpts:
“You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.”
This reminder that not all creativity is sewing new things or coming up with the most adorable wreath has been a comfort to me many, many times! I am creative! I am a mother! I am a friend! These things are inherently creative, since creation is making something that did not exist before. Further in his talk, President Uchtdorf explains the importance of looking for opportunities to make the world a better place around us, whether that is strengthening families, or helping others find their creativity- like through my blogging. He teaches that it is the Spirit, the Holy Ghost, that can help us identify ways we can make a difference.
In order to keep this at the forefront of my mind, I sat down and made myself a reminder to put up in my new craft room. Sometimes my creative responsibility will take me away from that room, and maybe to a neighbor or child who needs a little uplifting. I often get so caught up in my projects that I forget that people, not things, need my attention the most. Yes, I can use my talents to help uplift, but they shouldn’t be the only means by which I am making the world a better place. It is my goal this year to reach out a little more out of the comfort of my home. I am such a homebody, this is a hard goal for me but I really want to make a bigger difference.
I want to share with you my 2013 goal, a little late in the game but it is always better late than never! You can just click on the top image and save it to your computer and print it off, or go Here to save it. I printed mine at Costco, and everything is always so much darker when I print there, but oh well! The message remains the same: The more you trust and rely on the Spirit, the greater your capacity to Create.
Read the entire article here. I dare you not to laugh even once while reading it.