Last week was one of those weeks that was a total blur. For good reasons of course since my family grew from three to a party of four. There is no joy like welcoming a child into your life.
There’s no exhaustion like welcoming a child into your life either.
It’s been nearly eight years since we’ve had a baby in the house and I nearly forgot what the feedings, diapers and constant needs having a baby entails. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Of course I haven’t opened the sketchbook as much in the past nine days due to obvious family obligations. But I haven’t given up on the creating. Everything is about time management. And yes, you can manage your time as a creative. I wrote about that here.
It’s Not All Artwork and Doodles
It may be the lack of sleep and not enough caffeine, but being a creative individual is more than just creating. It’s not all artwork and doodles. Practicing a creative craft is about living a healthy lifestyle (with some cookies mixed in). The creative habit includes much reflection.
Every day I reflect on the previous day, and lately past events from weeks, months even years ago. I don’t do this because I’m a glutton for punishment. I do it to learn. To remember what I did and think about how I would handle whatever situation now.
This reflection is also a great way to improve your current thinking. So what does this have to do with creativity?
Simply put, reflecting to improve your current thinking opens your mind to new ideas. You rise above the raw emotion coming from your amygdala. Reflecting let’s you infuse higher-level thinking with your creativity.
The Gift Of Creativity
As I reflect on the past week, I can’t help but think about what I want for my kids. As a dad, I’m a giver. I’m here to teach, guide, love and learn a few things myself. One thing I can give my family, and if you are a parent, you can too, is the gift of creativity. We can teach our kids to explore their ideas.
Creativity is not just a thing reserved for artists and musicians. Creativity is a skill that is desperately needed in business, government and life in general. The best thing about creativity is it’s a continuous gift. You don’t just box it up once and say here kids, happy birthday.
You give the gift of creativity by continuously teaching your craft to them. In my case, I let them see me draw. My son will draw with me. Watch them create. Whatever it is they want to make, support them. Let them build on their ideas. It’s a gift you will not regret giving.