This is the third of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
“I reached out for something to attach myself to—and I found nothing. But in reaching out, in the effort to grasp, to attach myself, left high and dry as I was, I nevertheless found something I had not looked for—myself.”
– Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller
Self-expression is limiting, but necessary for authentic art. This quote is positive in its finding of self. We should plummet the depths of who we are and be authentic in our artistic expression. And we should seek to continually do this as we grow, develop and change as individuals.
And yet, there’s an emptiness in the quote, in the sense of finding nothing beyond self. Continue reading “How Will You Combine Self-Expression and Beyond-Imagination?”
This is the fourth of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
We are God’s creation, his poem, his work of art. We’re carefully, lovingly created and formed for his exquisite pleasure and our deepest joy.
We’re created and formed for God’s purpose. His purpose is always good, although sometimes it does not feel that way. Continue reading “What does God-led Creativity Look Like?”
Stephen R. Covey helped bring consciousness to the concept of Abundance and Scarcity in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Regarding Scarcity, Covey said, “The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit – even with those who help in the production. They also have a very hard time being genuinely happy for the successes of other people – even, and sometimes especially, members of their own family or close friends and associates. It’s almost as if something is being taken from them when someone else receives special recognition or windfall gain or has remarkable success or achievement.
Although they may verbally express happiness for others’ success, inwardly they are eating their hearts out. Their sense of worth comes from being compared, and someone else’s success, to some degree, means their failure.”
In contrast, here are Covey’s thoughts on Abundance, “The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives and creativity. Continue reading “Abundance and The Voice”