Your Creative Brain
Inspiration is a sneaky, little gremlin. It’s sleight of hand and fleet of foot. And if you’re not totally awake, or wearing your glasses, or in a quiet place all alone, it could dart in and out without you noticing. So, it’s important to realize you can’t rely on, trust, or expect inspiration to be there for you. But the good news is…you don’t need the little gremlin. You have something better. A creative brain from your loving Creator.
Yes, even YOU have a creative brain.
I’ve heard people say things like, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” And “I see people on TV come up with these creative things, and I try some of them, and it’s awful.”
Well, let me say this about that. First, being creative doesn’t require you to be like anyone else. And second, even if you haven’t found your specialty, yet, you DO have a creative brain. You just need to exercise it. And just just like exercising your body, exercising your brain can be tough at first. It might even “hurt” a little. But you know the overused expression, right? “No pain, No gain.”
Here’s some good news about exercising your brain. Even though I said it might “hurt” a little, the pain is only in changing your habits. Not actual physical pain. You’re not gonna bruise your brain. But your routine is gonna need to include some new habits. Reading. Listening to excellent music. (not rap, rock, or pop) Getting out into nature.
God’s creations stimulate your creativity.
When you pay attention to what’s constantly going on around you, you might soon discover your own special “thing”. You could turn on a switch inside your creative brain and discover your unique gift. And the more you focus outside yourself, the better your creativity. You might be surprised at how much more you’ll notice.
Like how grass isn’t just green. And the sky isn’t just blue. And how fast rabbits can chew. Or that funny way a dog’s nose goes from side to side even when its face isn’t moving. You might begin to notice the wide variety of bird songs in the early morning hours. And you’ll begin to appreciate things like the scent of the ground after a spring rain, the rainbows shining through cut glass and stretching out on the wall, even the feeling you get when Beethoven’s music glides from major to minor chords.
How do I know this works?
When I sat down in front of my computer to write, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted or needed to say. So, I wrote the first sentence: Inspiration is a sneaky little gremlin. And now, almost 500 words later, I’m thanking God for my creative brain. Now…I’ve gotta go read, write a book, and listen to Moonlight Sonata.
Rhyme and Reason with Tony Funderburk
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