Well its Friday! Yeah! So, its time to wrap up another week of fun and new thoughts. After last week where it seemed the whole thing was shutting down, this week I have been trying to parse through a load of ideas to see which ones to share and when. I hope that it some of these thoughts and musing are actually helping you!
Anyway, last weekend, I was shown a video about creativity from Sir Ken Robinson about how the fear of being wrong can squelch our creative fires. The whole premise of the idea is that children are so creative because, well, they don’t know they should not be.
It’s a pretty interesting concept and one that seems to hold true for us grown ups in so many ways. The fear of something grips up and well paralyzes us.
Interestingly enough, with that fresh on my brain, I was in a discussion on Wednesday night about the “Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25. In that story 3 men are given gifts and each are expected to grow and cultivate what they have been given. Two men do. The third is captivated by fear, and does nothing. When the master returns he is harshly punished. Check out what the master says:
26-27“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
28-30“‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’ (Matthew 25:26-30, The Message)
So today, examine what it is that is stopping you from moving forward. What fears are stifling your creativity. What fears are stopping you from cultivating the gifts you have been given.
Let us not play it safe, but let us go for the reward! Don’t prepare to be wrong. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. Act like you “don’t know and have a go.”