A very good friend of mine is a minister. I have known her since High School, so, yes, a few years. 🙂 She is one of the many that I had asked for guest posts while my hands were not working properly (still not 100%, but that’s a whole nuther thing). We talked a bit on FB, and she voiced her concern: she didn’t feel that what she does is creative.
[kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-]noun1.the state or quality of being creative.2.the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
I see that everyone, in someway, does something creative in their lives. Creativity is not just producing art, or music, or theater, or writing, or crafty little things. We think in creative ways, problem solving our way out of troubles or blockades.
As a minister, she has to be creative in writing 52 sermons a year that will engage her congregation (well, 52 minus vacations); writing the newsletter; hearing and helping to solve problems from her flock; she has to think on her feet when illnesses and deaths happen, when roadblocks are presented to her that need bypassing. That’s just what she does on the job. What about her life outside of the church? Family, friends, budgets, etc… all take at times a creative touch.
We all do creative thinking and things, even if we are not in The Arts. Einstein was creative: yes, a big example, but, think about how you’ve dealt with an interruption in your daily life, how you’ve had to improvise something on the spot, how you’ve had to brainstorm something new because what you were doing just wasn’t enough…
Unless you’ve life is so scripted that you have no chance to alter anything, then you’ve had creative moments.