How many unhealthy ideas do we have regarding parts of ourselves that in actuality are qualities that make us beautiful? Artists have been called lazy, crazy, poor, irresponsible, impulsive, and creative children sometimes go through school being made to feel less intelligent than their more logical counterparts. We’ve all heard these judgments and most likely taken some of them to heart. One of my favorite quotes on this subject is by Einstein. He says, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing that it is stupid.”
On the fifth day it was told that God created the foul of the air and the fish of the oceans. The creatures of flight teach the creative key concepts to understanding their own free natures. We have discussed parallels between birds, bees, and butterflies on many occasions. These creatures of flight simply accept their nature and fulfill the purpose of their creation. Throughout their lives, they freely flutter, soar, and buzz with purpose. The idea of them being caught, trapped, or having their wings clipped easily brings sorrow to the heart. How often do the biases or prejudices of others clip our wings, trap us in a jar, or anger us where we lash out and in the process lose our stingers? All of these dangers may lead to our creative demise.
We must realize that each response that we give, no matter the circumstances has a consequence. We numb a little of ourselves when we become hard and staying tuned to our creativity becomes difficult and eventually stunted, and we are not able to fulfill our own purpose. So what is the antidote? I would suggest deep understanding and celebration of self. Just as the creatures of flight are beautiful beyond measure, so are we. When self exploration is difficult, studying other creatives whom we admire will open our eyes to the exquisite work already done and possibilities that lie ahead.