I'm a firm believer in Pablo Picasso's famous quote about every child being an artist. I have yet to encounter a child that hasn't dived right in at the chance to create something special out of anything from Play-doh to a pile of rocks and sticks. Children all seem to have an innate sense of order, balance and beauty that is completely unique to them and their perspective. For one child, a meticulously organized row of pennies might bring them joy, for others a splattered canvas covered in paint. As adults, we often seem to forget about the myriad paths to self expression, settling instead for the limited vocabulary of words, text and the occasional emoji. We seem to forget that movement is self expression and find fewer opportunities to dance around just for the joy of it. We seem to forget that there is inherent value in creating works of art or literature, instead shelving these pursuits for others that make more money but perhaps create little happiness. Today, I hope you take a few moments to think of the forms of expression that bring you the most fulfillment.
I have the power to create meaningful works in my life that celebrate my original vision of life. I am filled with creative potential at all times - all I need to do is connect with it and decide on the manner of its expression. When I look at my world, I don't just see buildings, cars and people, I see shapes, colors, designs, patterns and characters. The creative works that I make have meaning, even if no one else ever sees them, and even if I never make a single penny from doing them. Any time I stop to create a work that represents how I see the world or my personal emotional landscape, I am doing something worthwhile that honors my existence. My work is valuable purely because it is mine and no one else will ever have exactly the same perspective as me. Today, I will look for opportunities to infuse my daily life with creativity, whether it is a different way to style my hair or time spent on a canvas the size of an entire wall. When I am creative, I'm letting people into my private universe, and that is an inviting act of generosity, connection and love for those around me.
I was inspired to create this page in memory of a dear friend I lost to suicide. She inspired me all of the time with her writing, which she shared with the world as one of the earliest recognizable "bloggers." I'm saving this page for thirty-one days of little pick me ups, in the hope that they might help someone else somewhere lift themselves up when they are feeling low.