She stood on stage look out at the hundreds gathered for lunch as she accepted the prestigious award. She spoke of the challenges she had faced to finally find this place in life. Then she challenged everyone in the audience to find their “right work” and do it! She proceeded to give examples. She shared what the introverted person might look like and what their right work might be, and then what the academic person might look like and what their right work might be, but then she gave an example of what the creative person might look like and what their right work might be.
“Maybe you design amazing Christmas cards that is the one card everyone looks forward to receiving during the season.” I sat up straighter. I do that. But I’m not creative.
“Maybe you plan elaborate parties with coordinating themes and cakes and go all the way down to the napkins with your stylized design.” I leaned forward. I do that. But I’m not creative.
Two more examples followed. Each one a bird’s eye view into something that I love to do and that I do well. It stumped me. I don’t sing or play an instrument (though I love music). I have zero artistic talent in the traditional sense (can’t paint, sculpt, draw, etc.). I have no idea how to scrapbook. I’ve never done anything remotely crafty with my kids school projects or touched a glue gun or sewn a stitch…
To keep reading, join me over the lovely Elizabeth May’s place, Season with Soul, where she has extended the gracious invitation to guest post in her Spark Mom Series.
Elizabeth Anne May (@seasonswithsoul) says
Thanks for guest posting today! Your story is so inspiring. I think more women need to hear this message of affirmation you share. Creativity is not some exclusive club only certain members have access to — it’s a beautiful, God-ordained feature that every last one of us possesses!
Thank you for inspiring me to look at ways I might actually BE creative!!