Seventh and final light of Kwanzaa...
Happy New Year, one and all!
What a wonderful way to usher in the new year - with thoughts about FAITH for the new year ahead, on this seventh and final night of Kwanzaa.
How do we define Faith?
Faith is defined in this way, according to the principles of Kwanzaa:
"To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle."
Now, lets look at the dictionary definition of Faith:
- 1.complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
"this restores one's faith in politicians"
synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction
For many of you who have followed my blog in the past, or have recently been following me on Instagram, I'm sure it will come as no surprise to learn that I believe wholeheartedly in CREATIVITY.
As the quote I share on my 'About Me' page states:
“Art education is important not because it turns out artists or art products, but...
because it seems to turn out better people.” - Abraham Maslow
One of my personal downfalls is giving people the benefit of the doubt, in regards to their personality. I like to believe that people don't have agendas in getting to know you, or in extending the hand of friendship, sadly though this is not always the case...it might take time before the agenda shows itself, but for those who look out for themselves, it doesn't take too long.
One thing I HAVE learned is that CREATIVE PEOPLE don't really have an agenda. Many creatives DO believe in #communityovercompetition, they believe in supporting fellow creatives, and one thing I love about Creativity is that it has no political affiliation...that I know of!
Creativity is open and welcoming and only requires some participation to be part of the gang.
Most of the truly kind, giving, open people I have encountered exercise a form of Creativity in their lives on a regular basis, thus proving out the idea as posed by Abraham Maslow in his quote, above; though he talks primarily about Art Education, it is certainly the launching point to Creativity.
I've learned that people who do not honor their Creative Impulse end up terribly unhappy, and that unhappiness leaches out in terrible ways...I've suffered at the hands of repressed creatives and it is NOT fun.
The words of Brene Brown resonate strongly on this concept:
“Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief*, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame...There’s no such thing as creative people, and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”
..."suffocated by resentment and fear"..."grief, rage, judgement"...oh yes, I have suffered at the hands of those feelings from others, the ones who don't use their Creativity. They hate it when YOU are being Creative, and they are not, but they just don't see how THEY HAVE MADE THE CHOICE...and this applies to so many other areas of Life, I see it all the time and I'm sick of it.
So all I can say is that I will try to have FAITH in 2018 that together we Creatives will find a way to share just how fun (and EASY!) Creativity is, and that we will make it seem SO FUN that others won't be able to stop themselves in joining in the Creative Play!
And maybe THEN we will be able to build a better world made up of Better People, so we can put an end to all the struggle that continues in the world.
Anyone care to join me??
How does Faith show up in your world? How would you like Faith to show up in your life in 2018?? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog to read my musings on the Principles of Kwanzaa for 2017, and my thoughts on this first day of 2018! I hope you'll return for more Creative Inspiration, here at my blog, or at my Instagram or Facebook pages!
2018 - Here we come!
* - A LOT of grief comes from unprocessed LOSS, and Loss comes in many forms, including being cut off from our Creative Impulse. As a Trained Specialist, I can not recommend the process of the Grief Recovery Method for processing all the unresolved grief in our lives; I do believe it can be used to help process the feelings that happen when we cut ourselves off from our human nature to be CREATIVE, or to resolve feelings around someone who said unkind things about our creative efforts in our childhood or youth. Feel free to ask me any questions about this process.