Mosque near our house this morning.
Tapping shoes, load trombone, practicing a lovely song,
Swimming lessons, handstands, writing a poem and not a rant
Guitar strum, big painting, girl swinging from the trapeze.
This was the most creative way I could think of, on the spot, to start this post.
Creativity. I was thinking a lot about creativity today.
Not referring or limiting creativity “to the arts”, which really has no clear definition, or to unique people. Because I think all people have the ability to be creative in their different skills and creativity can come from anything. At the same time, It seems creativity requires discipline and critical thinking-which can result in your own ideas having meaning.
I am curious to know if people think they have been encouraged or discouraged to be creative?
I heard a good story this week about a girl who grew up in the 1930’s, named Gillian Lynne. In elementary school, the teachers wrote to her parents saying that she might have a learning disability because she has trouble concentrating and doing her work. She went to the doctor and the doctor left the room and turned on some music. The same minute, Gillian started to move to the music. The doctor said to her mother, your child isn’t sick, she is a dancer. Her mother than put her in dance school and Gillian grew up to founder a dance company in Britain, a multimillionaire, and worked on the performances of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.
Another doctor today probably would have diagnosed her with ADHD, gave her some medication, and told her to try to sit still.
Now my hope in thinking and writing this isn’t to bash modern medicine but rather to think about how children and adults are sometimes geared away from creativity. Just in my own schooling and the majority of my peers-math and science were first, followed by language and history,ect-leading down to the last subjects given which were given the least amount of time and consistently changing teachers, the arts.
I was inspired to think about creativity due to a Muslim man stopping me yesterday because I had my guitar with me from teaching. He said he had never listened to music his whole life because it was “Haram” (forbidden in Islam).
This statement was really thought provoking and sad. Not only because there was no way he has listened to The Beatles but because of all the Gillian’s that aren’t coming from the Middle East. So many people full of creativity being told is not only honorable but sinful.
It brings me a lot of Joy when I open up the Bible, the first thing I learn about God is that he is a creator.
We get to create because God does.