Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Creativity, Divinity and Work

“There is something about the creative process – and not just for solving design-related problems, but in all creative problem solving – that feels very good to me. It is as though when I am creating something – anything – that I am in a “sweet spot.” My soul tunes to the rhythm of the project and I pour my whole being into the process. The finished product often makes me happy, but it is the work of creating that brings me deep joy.
My belief about our ultimate origin resides in the existence of God. And if it is true – if it is true that He created the heavens and the earth, and at some point created male and female humans, describing us as being in His image - then we exist in the image of a creative Divinity. When we create – be it designs or paintings, lyrics or melodies, scripts or movies, short stories or lectures, campaigns or solutions to social issues, even lesson plans or to-do lists in their own right – we participate in the nature of God. We find a “sweet spot.” Our souls rejoice in the process because we were created to create.”  ~Russell Shaw

Also true in the everyday work we do.  When I am only responding to demands, be they the demands of others or the demands of my own preconceived notions of what is acceptable or laudable in the responsibilities before me, my work is just work and can easily become tedious.  But when I look at the daily work before me (be it housekeeping, childrearing, church work or paid work) with a heart open to reality and a mind free to learn, research, think outside the box and solve puzzles in creative ways my work becomes engaging and more deeply satisfying.  "We were created to create."


Jim said...

I found your blog through a comment you posted elsewhere. I enjoy reading your thoughts!

Your post about Creating reminds me of President Uchtdorf's talk on happiness where he discusses the "work of creation": http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng

I think one of the reasons that I enjoy baking is that it gives me a creative outlet (that, and I often have a "sweet tooth").

Snowy Mornings said...

Thanks, Jim.

Good talk. To quote from it: "Creating and being compassionate are two objectives that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness."

I teach in Primary where there are lots of songs about choosing the right and being happy. This unfortunately often gets translated in young minds as "never make mistakes and be happy" or "always make the right choice and be happy" which can lead to grand disillusionment when life does not turn out to be a primrose path in spite of one's best efforts to be good.

The process of finding and recognizing the inherent joy and peace in divine work in spite of life's vicisitudes is a sweet one.