Do you know how some people are so involved into what they do? Have you noticed how they are always on a life-nourishing high, ready to kick-start their day, jumping out of their bed, eating a bite of Sun in the morning, inhaling that aroma of an Indian tea and loving every moment of their existence? Yes, I mean those people who are highly creative in a sense they are closely tied up with their passions in life. They are creators of absolute awe-inspiring beauty—be it in the field of writing, painting, fire-fighting, music or accounting. They are so beautiful and comfortable in their skin that you eventually feel a steady link of goodness-energy coming from them to you.
By “creative” I don’t necessarily mean “artistic” (though it takes a form of art too). I mean trail-setting, powerful, manifesting creativity whereby we create our own life-situations. They are the manifestors of their realities. They are the creators.
I have been lucky to know such people. I have seen their creations and I have made an observation. (It may really be secret spying but let’s just refer to it as an observation for now.) And it has to do with their habits. Here goes:
The Four Habits of Highly Creative People:
Habit # 1: Graciousness: Creative people practise graciousness in every walk of life. I read Ollin’s post today about how writers ignore their bodies. Instantly, I remembered how Ancient Egyptians likened their bodies to Temples. They were thankful for their bodies. Likewise, creative people are thankful for every mundane or significant giving that they bear. Nothing is so lowly that it does not deserve a thanks-giving. Got a new reader comment on your blog? Be gracious, and express it. Got a terrific idea of how to make your plot fool-proof? Be grateful. Even the passion that you hold so dear only increases manifold when you feel genuinely grateful for it.
Habit # 2: Compassion: How did you feel the last time when someone showed understanding toward your problems? What did you think when they said they’d do anything to lift your worries? You felt great, didn’t you? Creative people are forever in-line with the Source. They are on the same page with the Universal flow. They practise a persistent, relentless act of compassion. They will make it a point to listen to all you got to say, and repeat what you said to show they’re there for you. When a friend or a colleague tells them about their day, they are checked in and present there in the moment, and not checked out somewhere in an airy-fairy land. They radiate a gentle understanding toward others that in-turn puts them back on life-giving positive flow.
Habit # 3: Joy: This one’s my favourite on the list. I love, love, love to see someone so into whatever it is they’re doing. Lately, a bunch of painters have been coming to paint the outsides of our units. They occasionally joke around among each other, punch each other in the arm playfully, keep the radio on while doing their stuff, but besides that, they are so involved in and happy with what they’re doing in the moment! I can really relate. I see them, busy looking into the walls, white-washing them and spilling the semi-liquid-like droplets of colour on their dungarees, totally joyful. This is what creative people know of very well—they enjoy their state of being. There’s a constant state of joy. (I occasionally wonder what would happen if someone fixed a hidden camera above my desk; I would love to see how I look when I am doing what I love the most ) By the way, I read somewhere that an accidental NDE (Near Death Accident) can temporarily take you in this state of pervasive happiness. Hmm. Interesting!
Habit # 4: Acceptance and Responsibility: Creative people know of their powers to create–they know how to sculpt their own life-stories from beginning. Abundance in art, finance, relationships, and emotional front is easy to have. They have accepted that we humans are powerful creative machines, only if they acknowledge their own abilities and that we must be responsible creators. We can create the deadliest of weapons, but what’s the point if we don’t feel responsible for anything that might happen then? Humans can have the most strictest of laws but what’s the point if they (laws) don’t yield what was expected? Accepting that we have the creative buttons and acting responsibly is second nature of creative people. They know the code, and they know the secret passage of life.
Me? Each passing day, I see the list and try to emulate it in the best of my capacity. I can say I’ve grown to be a better writer, a better friend, a better person since I started.
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