MAKE & THANKS: FOR DIFFERENCES (A COMPARISON CHALLENGE)
I would love to say I'm the typical artistic type. I wish I could tell you when I knit that I don't leave a gaping hole in everything, that when I draw that it doesn't look like a three-year-old's handiwork, or that this Halloween my pumpkin was more impressive than the pumpkin Emoji used on an iPhone.
However if I compare myself to my sister, she is a creative genius. Her pumpkins look like they are professionally done, she is musically gifted in so many ways, she is a Martha Stewart baker, and she can take a refrigerator box and make it into a castle for her children to play in, complete with a painted dragon and working draw bridge, in half an hour.
It is so easy to compare my "lack of" talent to her "plenty". Maybe you have experienced this in your creative career? Maybe you too have noticed that no matter how good you are at something there is always someone who will be better. There is always someone who will have higher sales, better products, more social media presence, higher quality and better connections.
Here is what I am thankful for: creative individuality. It has been through trial and error that I have found what I love to do! I love writing, I love the art of connecting with people, I like meditative art even though I'll probably be the only one who sees it. I also enjoy cooking with whole foods and coming up with completely random recipes and being excited about it even if it flops.
When I Googled the word "creativity" it was defined as:"the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work." However it was the synonyms that spoke the loudest to me: imaginativeness, innovation, originality, individuality, vision, and resourcefulness. None of these words define or relate to comparative behavior. All of these words point to an empowerment of self that creativity is whatever we make through what we envision or imagination.
It is through this discovery that I have found creativity is relative to its creator. Nobody's handiwork is really "better" than each others' but only different. It is in those differences that I am thankful that we all have a different world view and it comes out in our creative genius. I am thankful that creativity makes the world such a better and more beautiful place. I am truly grateful that creativity is like a wildfire that is easily spread. So many times I will see someone's art, cooking, or writing and it will light a fire in myself to go do my own creating.
My challenge to you today friends is do not allow yourself to compare yourself to others in anyway as comparison is the thief of true joy! Instead of comparing yourself, allow yourself to be inspired by others to expand your own creative horizons. Be thankful for the differences you share and learn to benefit from them. When we embrace the power of individualism we can truly find our own confidence and identity... And that friends is something truly to be thankful for!
Gwendolyn lives in Winnipeg, Canada with her husband Rob and their rescue pup named Charlie! They love spending time with their nieces and nephews, trying new recipes, supporting their local NHL team: the Winnipeg Jets, and perusing the small, local restaurants and shops. Gwen can be found on Instagram at @life_love_and_lavender_blog or on her website www.gwendolynfiola.wordpress.com