One moment we’re loading the dishwasher.
The next, a fully formed poem arrives.
Or a song.
Or a teaching.
Or a seed in the form of a phrase or image or idea.
When this happens, we have a choice.
We can capture it. Or we can let it go.
I believe we are conduits.
I believe we are channels through which creativity flows.
I don’t think the creative impulse (i.e. the seed of an idea or inspiration) is self-generated. I think it is received.
And I like the idea that, as poet and professor David Bottoms has said, we are like radio antennas that can intercept and transmit that signal.
Why else do we go to a play, concert, speech, movie, poetry reading or art exhibit and walk away refreshed and inspired?
Why else do we read a great book or listen to a great song and want to write or compose something?
Why else do we find ourselves out for a walk or doing household chores when an idea hits?
Our encounters with the creative move us to want to create.
Have you ever wondered why this is the case?
What I love about this idea of creativity is it means we have a responsibility.
We have the ability and opportunity to receive the creative impulse, capture it, craft it into something, and share it with others so they can receive it.
We receive to give so that others can receive.
I like that.
So are you tuned in?
Are you receptive to the creative impulse?
And, once that idea or inspiration arrives, are you ready to capture it, craft it and share it with others?
I sure hope so.
(photo by Hytok on Flickr)
Keitharsis is a blog about creativity, roots & the portfolio life. It is written for writers, artists and Creatives. New essays are published each Tuesday and Thursday.