Through habit, I’ve become accustomed to seeing my world as a source of endless possibilities for creating. I take photos not for anyone else but to capture an image that serves me. I keep and cut through pages of magazines. I have a bag full of wine corks that will soon become a very large cork board and another bag overflowing with bottle caps. Not sure what they will become yet. Everything in your world is raw material for you.
“Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it. Without the time and effort invested in getting ready to create, you can be hit by the thunderbolt and it’ll just leave you stunned.” Twyla Tharp – The Creative Habit
I read Rob Bell’s new book, Drops Like Stars and felt this section was relevant to my message.
‘So in the end every major disaster, every tiny error, every wrong turning, every fragment of discarded clay, all the blood, sweat and tears – everything has meaning. I give it meaning. I reuse, reshape, recast all that goes wrong so that in the end nothing is wasted and nothing is without significance and nothing ceases to be precious to me.‘ – Harriet March
“At the end of her speech, I have a question: is she talking about sculptor or life? My hope is is that by the end of this book, your answer to that question will be yes.” Rob Bell – Drops Like Stars
My answer is Yes! Life, relationships, experiences, are all also raw material and if you really pay attention, nothing is wasted.
Have a wonderful and creative day! Be well, sleep well and create something every day!