We are living in a difficult time in human history but there have been difficult periods before. It is a time when we need those whose thinking can be creative. Creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement. It becomes a new thing, a break away from the usual. This carries the risk of rejection but also the possibility of progress. We are in a time that calls us to be open and willing to take a chance on another way of living.
O God, give me the courage to recognize and to accept Your truth in whatever form it comes.
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? How can I develop a healthy and common sense openness to new ideas?
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.
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.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
All great changes are preceded by chaos.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.