I am tempted to say this one is really significant. But, in a series entitled 7 Things That Make You Great, if I’m doing my job, they’re each really significant!
The fourth variable that makes you great is – You were born to create.
This one is a natural outgrowth of #2, the stamp of nobility. It is not surprising that one made in the image of the Creator would himself or herself desire to create.
Look about you. Literally everything you see – whether natural or made by human hands – was created. Everything.
Think, as we have mentioned before, of a child at play. It’s all about creation, every last bit of it.
It’s sad that so few of us make it through adulthood with that innate desire intact. We lose our passion, or our confidence, or our belief in possibilities, or we get lazy, or…
And we pay a very high price for that loss. It’s why we have statements like:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.” (Thoreau)
“The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.” (H. L. Mencken)
Or this one, from the movie Kingpin [for my money, one of the funniest movie scenes ever]: “How’s Life?” asks Woody Harrelson’s character. “Taking forever,” replies the man to whom he’s speaking.
This is pretty much what is left of life when a human being loses the desire to create… a desire we were all born with… which each of us had as a child.
Again, it is a pricey surrender.
[su_pullquote]Have the courage to dream again. You were born to create.[/su_pullquote]
The renowned psychologist, Carl Jung, said that the majority of people he had treated were not suffering from any actual mental illness but what he termed the meaninglessness and triviality of their lives.
I think Jung is exactly right. But his statement begs a question, doesn’t it? Just how does one end up with a “meaninglessness and trivial” life?
I would suggest the answer is largely tied in with our subject.
I think life ends up largely tedious and tasteless, to borrow from John Newton, when we lose our creative desire.
Remember when you dreamed? Remember when you aspired? Remember when you used to envision the life you were going to create?
Can you remember how you felt when you were engaged in those activities of mind and human spirit?
Get it back. Reconnect. Have the courage to dream again. You were born to create.
Get to work on creating that wonderful family you envisioned by doing what you can to improve relationships. Or,
- write that book,
- start that hobby,
- take that class,
- plant that garden,
- learn that instrument,
- mentor that kid
- start that business
or whatever it is that you once dreamed of forming from your very own mind and labors.
Aside from what you create, the enthusiasm and joy and pleasure (Jung said, The creative mind plays with the objects it loves) this will bring back to your life is priceless.
I want to close by revisiting Thoreau’s words from earlier. He said that most people go to the grave with their song still in them.
Isn’t that a tragedy?
We can’t help what most people do… but we have everything to do with the choice we make in this regard.
Sing your song while you can.
Get to work creating that which it is in your heart to create. You can do it… that fact is one of the things that makes you great.