America is a country that needs to educate creative thinkers. We are no longer an industrial nation. Our survival in the world depends on our innovation and creativity. We need to nurture our children in the home and school, encouraging and teaching them how to best utilize their creative talents. I wholly believe that we are all born creative; it is expressed in as many ways as there are individuals. Some are painters, some are musicians, writers, poets, mathematicians, scientists, builders, architects, designers, doctors, nurses, evangelists, and the list goes on.
How we bring our unique self to the world is the key. We need to think out of the box, to reach for a new way of seeing things. What is uniquely yours? How can you push the envelope of your special gift? I’m not talking about shock value, although it can make a point about our society and our current values. Anything that opens our eyes to seeing the bigger picture and expanding our vision of what is possible is valid.
What is your vision? What do you truly desire? What are you passionate about? Answer these questions for yourself, and you will begin to formulate your unique expression. It begins with an idea, and then the feeling that you desire. Listen to your inner voice. What does it yearn to express? Can you let go of the fear of failure? Just move forward and see where it leads you. If you fail, you can start again, learning from the process. What is the cost of doing nothing? The cost is an unfulfilled life.
What stops us from creating the life we desire? Intimidation. Fear. Our critical minds kick into overtime when we begin to step out of our comfort zone and yearn for more. Nothing creative or exciting has every come from staying in our comfort zone. What are you waiting for?
Imagine yourself on your deathbed, reviewing your life. Don’t be someone that has regrets about not living the life they desired. Think about it. I want to be someone who says, I lived my dream. I am happy that I pushed myself to do the things I dreamed of doing rather than take this life for granted an do nothing.
One of the things I like to say is, ‘When you come to the fork in the road, Take It!’ Do something - don’t just stand there trying to make up your mind. Any action is better than no action at all.
A few years ago I heard the Dali Lama speak, which was a wonderful experience. He explains things in a very simple way. What I remember from his talk is that life is Holistic and we need to look at in this way. When we have a situation we need to view it holistically; wholly, see all points of view. Gather all the information. Then take action!