A Throwback for Thursday!
I love creativity! And I am in a season of my life where I can spend more time on creative things!
I have more time now but all through those very busy years, when my kids were younger, I usually had some “crafty” thing going. It provided an outlet where I could relax and work towards a finished product that lasted. Even if I could not spend much time on it, it was something to look forward to when the work was done and a little leisure time was needed!
Everyone has their own type of creativity. My daughter, Theresa, does not like to do needlework and such. But she loves to bake, she loves to arrange flowers and decorate her home. She shares these things with her neighbors, friends and family, bringing smiles all the way around! These things are all a way of letting those creative juices flow!
We all have our hidden creativity laying dormant waiting to be used! And it is such good therapy for mothers who are very busy with hubby, house and children!
I love pictures of crochet thread and yarn! It gives one such a feeling of warmth and homey-ness. Virginia is working on these flowers which she will hang somewhere in her home. She also did a few of the lovely hearts that are found here which she will also hang up.
I’ve heard it a million times-expressed with admiration and usually a little envy: “Oh, she’s so creative.”
Usually these words describe an “artsy” kind of person-someone who paints or writes or makes pottery.
Such creative pursuits can bring great joy to those who do them and to those who enjoy the results. But you really don’t have to be an artist to infuse your home and life with the benefits of creativity.
Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things in new ways and a willingness to adapt other people’s good ideas to suit our personal needs.
And creativity is an ability we all possess, although many of us keep it hidden in the deep corners of our lives.
Every single human being is creative.
As wonderful as the results of our creativity can be, beautiful results are not the only benefit we receive when we’re willing to be creative.
The act of creating, of making beauty out of something ordinary, brings joy in itself.
Watching a brightly colored afghan emerge from a basket of yarn or a beat-up old table do a Cinderella act under the “magic wand” of a paintbrush can be incredibly fulfilling-and a spruced-up den is a wonderful extra.
The fun of serving brunch on miscellaneous but perfectly matched pottery and linens is second only to the creative fun of finding the plates at a garage sale, the cups at a local discount store, the tablecloth (a sheet) on a clearance table at J.C. Penney’s, and the napkins (another sheet) in the back of my linen closet.
Contrary to what some people think, creativity doesn’t have to be totally original.
Picking up ideas from books or magazines or borrowing a brainstorm from a friend are not “cheating.“
In fact, creativity stimulates more creativity.
The more ideas you collect from the outside, the more creative you will be in adapting those ideas and coming up with different ones of your own.
“The Christian family will not be restored, nor will it be maintained, without the restoration and the maintenance of Christian practices—the noblest practices surely, and the most obligatory, but likewise the most insignificant in appearance.” – Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J., Christ in the Home
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