Back for day 3 of 31 days of five-minute free writes connected with both 31 Days of Writing and Five Minute Fridays. Today’s prompt is “create”.
Strangely enough, the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt was an Ashton Kutcher speech I show my students in public speaking. He is giving advice at the Teen Choice Awards a while back and although I’ve never been a huge Ashton Kutcher fan, I appreciated the choices he made in the content for that speech. His last point focused on his experience playing Steve Jobs in the movie about Jobs and he said,
But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own thing, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life – don’t live one, build one…
Although he didn’t use the word “create,” I feel like he was talking about creating a life and creating one that others can live in and thrive in is a gift we can give the world.
I don’t think of myself as very creative in the traditional sense of the word. I can’t draw or sing or paint or sew. I write much better in non-fiction than fiction. My house is not decorated with style and my clothes don’t show much creativity either. I sometimes wish I had those skills. But, God gives us all gifts of our own and although they may not be recognized as “creative” they can all serve to create a better world for ourselves and others. Life is made up by people who are no smarter than us and no better than us, for we are all made in God’s image and with God’s blessing. But, some of us don’t look hard enough to see that image or that blessing. We are too busy seeing what we aren’t to see what we are.
So, I’m going to try to focus on seeing my gifts, my blessing, my true image when I look in the mirror and when I am with others. My gifts are many. I am comfortable speaking in front of others and even enjoy it. I like to write and share information and teach. I do that with students and Girl Scouts and other parents. That is my way of creating.
I will close with what I think is the perfect example of creating a world that is better for others. I recently discovered The Turquoise Table project and this is the perfect example to me of how something simple and seemingly not all that creative (painting a picnic table turquoise and putting it in your front yard) can build a world that is better. I hope to find my own Turquoise Table sometime soon. It may or may not be an actual Turquoise Table.