And he set off on his walk, taking his big purple crayon with him.
Crockett Johnson – Harold and the Purple Crayon
I am always happiest when I am making something: writing, knitting, cooking, gardening, taking pictures, arranging flowers. Something in me wants expression and if I don’t find an outlet for that creativity I can become depressed and anxious.
We are made to create. It is a part of our life and well-being. We are made in the image of a Creator God. Why would we not also be creators?
Children create naturally in play. They are always building, imaging. They don’t separate creativity from their every day activities. They always have their ”purple crayon” ready.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” ~Pearl S. Buck
Create something today! Keep your purple crayon with you.
Does it put you in a better mood to create? What if that creativity is blocked?