Thursday, February 19, 2009

I've been busy... creating!

We have had a ruff go of it lately. This is week 5 that Brad has been out of work. We moved. Church became less fun when Kaci started going to nursery only to cry the entire time which is really hard on me as a first time Mom. The closest friend I've made here is impossible to be around right now as our two little ones fight which always leads to more crying... So, I took old Dieter's advice and started creating. Brad posted my mural. I've also started learning to play the piano, made canvas boxes for my dresser, and reading some good books. I'll soon post pictures of our new apartment, Kaci, and life in general! Here's his advice below:
Dieter says...
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty....
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”
If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.
But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy.4 Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.
If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.

6 comments:

zealandrocks said...

did this come from church? i've heard this same thing within a week and i'm thinking its church related... is it?

Anna K. said...

This is an awesome post. I am now motivated to create!

newsinaminute said...

glad you loved that talk --we did as well. glad you are taking it to heart. can't tell you the times that "creating" had made my life happier than it would have been otherwise--(especially in ruff times as you described in the blog) I atest to the truth (that at least for me)_yes it makes a differnce for the good. (:

Hebbie said...

yep! Good advice. I think I have read that article 3x I even made a little sign that says Be Creative and Compassionate. It sure helps make the day go better.
thanks for sharing....good on you!

Sam & Elizabeth Akinaka said...

aw thanks for the post, Kerri! Even though I have no free to time to merely "create", it's strangely motivated me to keep on keepin' on and think of all these lovely papers I write as my "creations". haha. Keep on keepin' on, you're awesome!!!

Jess said...

I don't know how else to send you a message but through here. I'm one of Brad's old high school friends Jessica. I'd love for you to check out what's going on with me and my family too! I love your blog and too see how your little family is growing! Very cute! check out my blog at. . . thegarcias56.blogspot.com