You are creative.
I’ve always known that times of chaos require the creative one in each of us—that unique creativity which only you or I can bring to a particular situation when we choose to be ourselves. The beauty of our creativity being necessary in difficult times is that our creativity and uniqueness feed off each other—they inspire and change each other for something more beautiful, something more truthful, something more loving, something more whole.
During a class at Christian Theological seminary, we had the opportunity to hear from poet and activist Genesis Be. While we discussed the prophetic power of creativity and poetry to help us all see beyond panic, she reminded us: “If we seek to be prophetic it inherently diminishes the purity of our work…” In other words, if I enter into something so focused on outcome that I lose sight of the goodness and rightness of the work itself, I am missing not only the purity of my creativity but also the truth of my own being.
You are you.
And that is exactly what is needed of you. Of me. Of us.
I was immediately reminded of Thomas Merton’s words in Message to Poets: “A hope that rests on calculation has lost its innocence.” How do I maintain this sense of clarity in a world filled with alerts and notifications? How do I surrender to the truthfulness of my own being and what I do (and sometimes don’t) have to offer?
Oh. Well. Genesis Be had an answer for that, too, when she said this reminder was a staple to her work:
“…Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.”
You are creative. Your you is needed. Be you.
(Yes. Sometimes that means not knowing. Sometimes that means pausing. It is not about "doing" but "being"... Be you.)
By Cassidy Hall, UCC Member in Discernment
"Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves. …They never become the man or the artist who is called for by all the circumstances of their individual lives. They waste their years in vain effort to be some other poet, some other saint.”
––Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
“Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is ‘to fit together’ and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating ––whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.”
––Sister Corita Kent