Organize your attitude #32
At the end of the day, do you check out, flat and dull? After a full day of managing life and other people, do you have no oomph left?
After a long enough stretch of doing-doing-doing, we need to recharge, refill our minds and souls, and connect with others and with our creative side.
As humans, we are made in God’s image. God is a Creator, The Creator, who created the entire world out of nothing, ex nihilo. We are little creators, mirroring His creativity and finding satisfaction in doing so.
Whether it is a meal, a special dessert, a quilted or knitted garment, a set of socks or mittens, Christmas ornaments, cookies, a painting or a sketch, turning raw materials into a beautiful whole is deeply satisfying, even when we novices, doing it for the pure joy.
Creating something is a way to experience joy. Plus, unlike housework, it stays done.
So if you’re feeling the blahs, feeling worn out by a task-oriented mindset, turn to creativity for an attitude boost.
Choose a creative hobby.
Having a hobby gives you a skill you’re learning and improving in, a practice you can turn to regularly to express creativity and originality.
It takes time and practice to learn an art, so choosing one or two arts as your own narrows your focus and also stops decision fatigue – you know what to turn to and you have supplies on hand.
When you claim something as a hobby, it makes it seem more natural and acceptable to turn to it during an afternoon break or in the evening, also. It becomes your go-to activity and can also be a point of connection with other people who practice that art.
Find creative outlets in your regular routine.
Expressing creativity doesn’t have to be limited to hobbies and extracurriculars. We can also weave it in to our everyday lives to fill them with beauty and a personal touch.
You might add your own flair to the dinner recipe or add a garnish, even though it’s a Tuesday. You might light candles at the dinner table or change out the table cloth. You might fold your clothes just so because you find joy in the way they look in the drawer. You might iron not because you have to, but because you love watching the transformation of wrinkly to crisp and neat.
Edith Schaeffer’s lovely book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking is all about finding ways to express our God-given creativity in the day-to-day of home life.
Making something beautiful puts us in touch with our humanity, our Imago Dei.
So when you start to feel like you’re just a pinball in a mechanical hamster wheel, step off and do something creative.