I read a quote today by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which talked about creativity, I love how he put he explained it. He said...
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before."Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty."Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty. . ". . . Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things."
I think that is so true, that is one of the times I feel the happiest, when I am creating. When I was young and going through many of my personal struggles, I turned to my art. In just a matter of moments, with a canvas and some paints...I could be transformed into a whole other world. One that I had control over and one that was peaceful and safe. I remember sometimes even getting in trouble for the amount of time I spent on my art work verses my school work, but through my art, I survived and thrived.
Jeff used to always tease me when we had to move, about how many craft and art supply boxes I had. When he and Brad would label them, they would write all kinds of things on the boxes like....Mom's crafts...more of Mom's crafts...yet another box of crafts....yes, you guessed it more crafts. They had a lot of fun at my expense :) I still feel like one of the richest women in the world because I have my crafts and my designated area that is just for me to create. Jeff said, if he had known something as little as some shelves and a table could make me so happy, he would have done it years ago! I don't know why he didn't, maybe because we lived in pretty little apartments and houses and there were 6 of us, you were lucky to have your own bed. But now I have moved up to my own little space and look forward to getting my energy back to start creating again. Yes, having those creative juices flowing through you ...truly is one of the best feelings.
Well, today is April Fools Day and I didn't even do a joke on anyone. Guess, I might have if I would have been home. But today we just continued to relax, eat amazing food, take photos and walks and read some. Yes, one could get real used to this quite and simple life.
Need to head to bed but wanted to share this neat quote with you and I realized when I was out walking today there must have been a lot of happiness when this world was being created, what a beautiful place this is and how blessed I feel to have such an incredible place to live. Lauren has taken a lot of pictures since she has been here and what a treat it is to see her develop those into cards. Yes, creating is the best!
Here is a photo of my daughter's first quilt that she made for her daughter. So here is little Angie enjoying her mom's new creation! For those of you who are quilters you realize all the time, work and love that goes into a quilt. Sleep tight Angie!
"Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love."
"Remember, you are constantly in the act of creating yourself. You are in every moment deciding who and what you are. You decide this largely through the choices you make regarding who and what you feel passionate about." ___Neale Donald Walsch