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Creativity is Your “Birthright”

“Do not doubt that you are born to create.” – Jan Phillips, author of Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity

Creativity is in our bones, wired into our DNA. Jan Phillips says creativity is your “birthright.” It may be what Dylan Thomas describes as “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.” The friends we make and how we love, stories that spill from our mouths, and all the innovative encounters we have with the world tell us something about our ingenuity. Each of us has our own unique brand–like your fingerprint–even though the ways this talent is expressed are rich and varied. Creativity ultimately is transforming. Jan Phillips says it “takes us from our dreams, and invites us to become the dream expressed.”  Making something new and different using our voices, our hands and sometimes, our bodies and limbs are creativity’s generative expressions. Artists, musicians and dancers everywhere have explored these for a long time.

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In the Best of All Possible Worlds

photo-1462331940025-496dfbfc75641We are entering into autumn, the chrysanthemums blooming russet and purple and gold outside my window, the trees and prairie grasses glorious. I have oak trees in my front yard, and the acorns are falling–striking the driveway, the concrete porch, pinging against the cars parked in the street. I love this season with its jeweled colors and its crisp mornings. But in addition to it being a time of beauty, it is also a time of poignancy, a reminder of the summer we are about to lose, the cold that is coming.

Like many, I do not look forward to freezing temperatures and days of hunching into my coat. Most of all I dread being closed in, feeling that confined more often to the limits of my four walls, my world becomes smaller, diminished. We all want our lives to be full and rich with possibility. And we can. Rousseau said that while “the world of reality has its limits; the world of the imagination is boundless.”

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