If I had any doubt before, I've just been re-assured.
Not once, but TWICE within a few hours, and so powerfully that I want to share it with all of you.
Curled up on the sofa last night, devouring the current issue of Somerset's Artful Blogging, savoring the delicious photos and feeling connected to the rich words of fellow bloggers, a name I recognized jumped up off the page and startled me from my reverie.
Seldom in "art circles" do I see leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints quoted, so I was caught off guard, but I read on with great interest.
Melissa Phillips of LilyBeanPaperie.typepad.com quoted Dieter F. Uchtdorf beautifully; his words resonated with me, as I'm sure they will with many of my creative friends:
"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 no 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 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."
I pondered this reminder overnight, only to find the following posted by a friend (thank you Kathy!) on Facebook this morning. "Someone" must be trying to tell me something! Talk about being hit with a "spiritual 2x4" !!
If you or I have entertained any doubts about what we're doing, I think it's time to step back and re-think. There are valid reasons that we have the inclinations we do!
You and I were MEANT to create!
I have reason this morning to take stock, to stop running from my very nature and to move forward in my God-given abilities and desires, and to give thanks for them.
I can also thank Leah yet again at CreativeEveryDay.com for her challenge to us all to live up to our nature and create each day this month.
Let's go create something beautiful!