January 10

Reflection

We are living in a time when we need to be creative. We think of creative people as those who are gifted and able to produce beauty effortlessly. Yet, creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement. It is transformed into a new thing, a change from the comfortable. Fear stifles creativity and paralyzes movement. Accepting possible rejection, creative risk holds the possibility of progress. Our time requires us to be open and willing to take a chance on the ideas of creative persons. Holding on to what is comfortable and traditional might cause us to reject our contemporary visionaries and saints. We need to let go of the comfortable and step out into the possible.

Prayer

O God, give me the courage to recognize and to accept Your truth in whatever form it comes.

Action

I will examine my attitudes. Do I find myself mired in a sense of cynicism and lack of hope? Am I stuck in “the way it always is” ? Do I regard creative ideas and new approaches with suspicion? Of what am I afraid? How can I develop a healthy and common sense openness to new ideas?

 Suggested Reading

When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”
Matthew 13:52 -58

I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.
Isaiah 43:19

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You see things and ask “Why?”; I dream things that never were and ask “Why not?
George Bernard Shaw

You can’t let fear and indecision sink your creativity—
they do not easily release their hold.
Richie Norton

 People who refer to out-of-the-box see the box … People who don’t know the box even exists are the innovative thinkers.”
 Lisa Goldenberg

 

 

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