I often think about Creativity and how to obtain it. Or more like will it into existence from the doldrums of everyday life. See in my line of work, I am paid to be “creative”. But yet, I rarely find “creativity” when I’m chained to my office with a revolving door of staff, meetings, problems, etc. Like a hamster on a wheel, it’s tough to see the trees when you are in the forest.
I usually do my best work when I’ve been inspired. Sometimes, this comes from a break from the grind, or time alone to reflect/think but often it just comes from experience. From seeing something new. From getting out there and doing something. anything.
I could probably write a book on why I think taking care of yourself is the most important thing anyone can do for your job, your family, your friends etc. but i’m sure there are tons out there.
When I want to be inspired, the best thing I can do is go do something inspiring. Get out of my comfort zone. Do something different. Personally, this is why I like to travel and literally see the world but there are ways to do this that don’t require a passport.
Recently, inspired by our owner, the Lightning have pledged to do 4,000 community hours in the Tampa Bay area. That means about 25 hours for each staff member. Getting out and about gives you a new perspective. Often helping others, makes me realize how good I have it. It’s inspiring. It’s been a humbling experience b/c I often feel like it’s me that’s getting the true reward when I volunteer.
I ran across this quote today:
You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave. -Billie Holiday, jazz singer and songwriter (1915-1959)
Isn’t that the truth?
It reminded me of a lesson I learned in Africa. See, I was privileged enough to go with World Vision (PS – if you want to really make a difference, sponsor a child, you help their entire community) on a trip to see the work they are doing. The most amazing thing to me was here I was in a place that I considered “sheer and utter poverty” and almost everyone we met seemed truly JOYOUS. One of the workers there told us that the goal of World Vision is to teach them how to provide for themselves. So rather than give someone food, give them a goat that will feed them. Educate them. Teach them how to provide for themselves.
Pretty simple stuff actually. And it applies to a lot of areas.
So, what does providing basic needs in Africa or shelter to people locally have to do with my creativity? The same thing it does for you. If you are stuck in a rut, it’s most likely your own fault. Don’t do the same thing everyday and expect a different result. Get your basic needs (whatever they are) met so you can be a contributing member of your staff, your family, your community whatever!
There are a million ways to be inspired. Go find one today!.