On Giftedness and Creativity
On Creativity, Perceptions and lighting a spark l
I was thinking about this subject the other day.. How do we ‘know’ creativity? Is it something we make, we can touch and look at? or is it something intangible, in our minds eye.. that leads us to produce something tangible.. Is it maybe a ‘spark’ somewhere deep inside a persons spirit, that sets alight the wick. A wick that may or may not burst into flame.
To create, to make something in a way that has not been made before, something different to anything else on earth, can sometimes seem like a great ‘impossible’ . Yet, it happens everyday. The thing is.. there is so many ways of ‘being’ creative, and sometimes we forget this. In forgetting, in not having an open mind and ‘eye’ it may be easy to miss.
It can also be easy to stifle.. Wether it is absent-minded doodling, or absent-minded musing the potential to produce something unique is always there.. the uniqueness however at times may seem dependent on others perceptions of what this may mean.
Perception is a funny thing..
A young child may go into a creative flow… produce something uniquely their own in their heart of hearts..lighting their spark.. (ie the only child in a class of thirty-three who insists on colouring Santa Orange (his idea of happiness representing feelings at Christmastime) instead of Red, like teacher says.
An adult/teacher/other child may come along and not understanding/seeing the beauty it’s maker feels and can with one word or a glance, take all the light, snuff the wick (Take the Orange Santa away, and ‘make’ them colour one in Red.. under observation… ).. and turn out their light..
A left-handed student may have wonderful stories in their head, just dying to be put on paper.. every time they try to , and get a paragraph down, on paper, because of the smudging , they are made to go back and copy the paragraph again and again…
The stories take flight… the hand is sore.. the paper a bore… the light is lost..
A teenager may have an idea of how to do a project for school, asks Dad for some tools. Dad not only supplies tools, but tells son what to do, and then does it..
Teenager feels frustrated, maybe inadequate, maybe.. their idea was not good.. a bright idea is now feeling rather dark.
Sensitive Gifted personalities would find experiences like this rather painful..
Would the Orange coloured Santa, one day become an oil painting Masterpiece, had someone said instead. ‘My you have an interesting colour scheme there, can you tell me what it means to you?’
Would the paragraph , become a novel, had someone said instead ‘Don’t worry about the smudges now.. just let your ideas flow onto the paper.. we’ll bother with appearance when your finished…’
Would the teens idea, constructed with the tools in his own hands and his own way, become an award-winning architectural design…
Sometimes it is important to step back, and let the creator revel in their flow, for it is from these small, but significant feelings of satisfaction and ownership of self, that greater, perhaps more significant creations may come.
I often hear people say.. ‘I am not a creative person’.. when I have clearly seen glimmers of this in them..it often makes me wonder.. what was it that made them think this way…