Spread #41- The Gift February 28, 2009Posted by Orly in Spreads.
It is only in the last few years that I’ve been willing to open my mind to hear the phrase: “Your talent and creativity is a gift to the world.” Nevertheless, in spite of the openness, I still thought: “Oh, that’s such a cliché, c’mon, how a few art pieces, as good as they are, be a gift to the world?” I did try to believe it with all my heart. I tried and tried, thinking that if I do believe it, it would lead to a great sense of self. Yippee! It didn’t work out though. I just couldn’t see my ‘stuff creating’ as ‘a gift to the world’, or as an act that can benefit the world in a significant or profound way. And you know why? Because it can’t. It just can’t. A beautiful image can be an eye pleaser to one individual, a thought provoker, a spirit tickler, a soul soother, a mood changer, and many more xxxxx xxxxxxers. Yes, it has its powers just like enjoying an exquisite meal has, or anything else for that matter. Well…I did solve my puzzle not too long ago, I got it, I see it now. It’s not the talent, nor the creativity that is ‘the gift’ in and of itself, it’s not. It’s through my recent experiential learning, associated with the pursuing of the vocation of an art journaling teacher, that I came to a clear realization. And that is, that the gift of creativity does not lie in showcasing it myself, but in drawing it out of others. I know I use ‘my gift’ well when one leaves my company with a new belief in his/her own natural born talent and a deep sense of renewed creativity. That knowledge is the greatest gift I can be given in these, new for me, less selfish days.