Cherish Your Everyday Creativity

By: LeonardoTrait
I guess the best way to begin this discussion is by asking,

What Is "Everyday Creativity"?

I like to think of creativity as being an extraordinary thing that happens every minute to every person.

The way I think of it, creativity is all about the everyday, because it's always happening.

But that's not exactly how most people think of creativity. They view "creativity" as the kind of action and reaction and thought process that builds buildings, writes novels, creates amazing works of art.

And those things are products of creativity. But that's not the kind of creativity I'm talking about here.

Let me give you an example of the two kinds of creativity in my own life. I've recently completed a book, The Leonardo Trait. It's a book on creativity, interestingly enough. I consider finishing it to be a massive feat of creativity. It's my tenth completed book (first published). But I am still constantly amazed every time I sit down and words pour out. It's just astonishing to me.

A few weeks ago I was making chicken fajitas. I hate cutting up onions. Of course I do, who doesn't? So I got the idea of using the apple corer/slicer to cut my onions. It worked great. Saved me a lot of time and tears.

Both those things are creative - writing a book and thinking of an easier, less teary way to slice onions.

But most people don't think of culinary necessity when they hear the word "creative."

I think we don't value our everyday creativity, our workaday imagination, enough. I may be wrong, but this is what I believe.

**Do We Value It?**

I want to spend some time with this idea of whether we value our everyday creativity, or whether we value it enough.

I know that I don't.

And here's how I know that.

I recently put together a brochure for a contest I want to run. It's a great brochure. It was the first piece I put together after getting the capability of printing all the way to the edge of the paper. Believe me, that makes a big difference. This is the best brochure I've ever designed, and I realized that.

But I didn't really *appreciate* what a work of art this brochure was. I design brochures on a fairly regular basis. This one was good. It was even my best work yet. But because I'd been looking at art books and design magazines, I didn't feel it was *that* great.

It took my husband's enthusiasm about how great it looked to get me to look back at the first brochure I ever designed, black ink on colored paper, and back at this, full-color on brochure-quality paper.

And what I had to absorb was not just that it was great. That was part of it.

What I really had to come to terms with was that this is the caliber of work I do.

It's not just a matter of realizing that I can be creative.

It's not even just a matter of realizing that I am good at being creative.

It's a matter of realizing that creativity is an inherent part of who and what I am.

And I don't think that's true just for "creative people." I think, in fact I firmly believe, that creativity is the birthright of every person born on this earth. Even people born off this earth, when that happens.

Being human means being creative.

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