Live into the future – Leap into the unknown
Looking for a specific idea I remembered from “The Courage to Create“, I got sucked right in to a complete re-read of this powerful little book, the cover of which declares it is about our healthiest impulse, Creativity.
A little more than half-way through, I came across a discolored yellow sticky I had placed in there long ago. I had drawn and arrow on the sticky and a big exclamation mark. Here’s what the passage said:
“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.”
Are you asking what that to do with creativity?
The answer is: “Everything!” Your choices and decisions are based, consciously or unconsciously, on your imagining of the future. The outcome of a choice is change, so, whether you realize it or not, the act of choosing demands that you conjure up some kind of vision of what things will be like when you make the choice.
When faced with a choice, your imagination springs into action – and it is often “full bodied”, involving all your senses, nerves, and different parts of your brain.
Let’s take a simple example of choosing what vegetables to prepare for dinner.
As you look at what is available: broccoli, spinach, carrots and peas, perhaps. A part of you is processing the flavors and pairing them with the other dinner items while your memory stimulates your taste buds, inviting them to match and test the combinations.
You evaluate what time you expect to have available against the time you anticipate you have to prepare the meal, think about who will be eating the dinner and what their preference might be, and so on.
This imagined future dinner directs your choices of what to cook. Even a mundane choice like this calls on your creative imagining – the picture you paint in your mind.
Rollo May calls creativity a “secret freedom.” It is the freedom to bring something into being.
Have you heard the expression that your life is the sum total of the decisions you have made up until now?
Consciously or unconsciously, you are creating your future, bringing it into existence based on your own imagining.
You are actively creating your life, moment to moment. You are its artist!
For the business owners out there, you also create its future, one decision after another, in choice after choice.
Are you spontaneously throwing the paint on the canvas and waiting to see what the result will be? Or are you one of those who plans out exactly what your final artwork will look like and you meticulously execute against that plan?
There is no right or wrong answer – except within you. Finding your own “right way” to create the order you want is all that matters.
Understanding that you are creating and are the author of the final result is a source of joy.
My hope for this article is that it acts as a stimulant to your looking inward to consult your own intuition and wisdom so you love and are passionate what you create.