Creativity and creative people are often revered especially in the arts.
Unfortunately, we often put creative people on pedestals when creativity is natural to all of us.
If we realize how important humility is to the creative process we might find that being creative is something that is available to all of us.
How Creativity And Humility Are Related
The minute you step into your creativity you are also stepping into your humility – which is actually quite wonderful when you think about it.
Creativity is a very different way of living because it is a different way of engaging with life. It’s a process which includes
- trial and error
- curiosity about what we do not understand
- openness to the many ways life can manifest.
Creativity is a natural part of us that is activated by our curiosity and sense of wonder. When we wonder, we become open to that which we do not know.
Humility has an important place in our creativity because it helps us be receptive to new information and ideas. Humility helps us wonder about how something might be different.
Creativity works best when we are open to options – not when we have the door of possibility closed. We can be more effective when we do not operate from simple, fixed answers or demands for “output” or productivity. The creative process has a life and pace of its own. We do better when we are humble enough to be in tune with its natural pace.
Creativity is evolutional and in sync with the constant evolution of people and the universe. It is about the learning and growing. When we recognize that, we can see that creativity requires that we are relaxed about it. We are going to make mistakes because we are supposed to.
The Humble Baby Steps Of Creativity
When we are in our creativity we participate in the incremental nature of life moving forward in baby steps. Those baby steps which we take with the rest of the human race become our connection with others as well as our past. The universe and the human race is a giant work in progress.
Once we realize that all we have to do is become a part of that progress, we are then free to give our best to what we do without concern for outcomes. When we become one with the ongoing invention of the universe we again move into our humility because we are not doing it alone, we have had the help of centuries of human effort and an intelligent universe.
The Challenge To Let Go Of Outcomes
One of our difficulties in letting go of outcomes is that we live in a world that measures us. We are measured on outcomes and often only outcomes. As a result, our ability to survive can be dependent on those measurements and we can be reluctant to let go of them. To simply let go and humbly give our all to whatever is in front of us – with baby steps, one at a time – can seem dangerous.
Outcome-based measurements are measurements of “productivity” or output. They are not really measurements of our creativity. So if we are creative we can be at odds with our culture if we pursue creative goals rather than quantifiable output goals. It may seem like splitting hairs, but when you are “producing” you are a cog in a wheel. When you are creating you are engaged differently, collaborating as an equal with the universe around you. Creativity engages all of our skills and abilities from both an equal and a humble place. It is a magnificent arrangement!
When you align with the creative universe you are a friend to our ongoing evolution which means to all people and creatures. With the intention of highest possible well-being for all – a humble intention – you are freer to give your all to your work and let go of outcomes.
The creative way is a humble way and a generous way. It may be hard to do but it is worth embracing since it really is the way of the universe and the way to our greatest fulfillment.