Monday, February 27, 2017

the reason you're more creative than you think

I'm in the business of memory-keeping--preserving photos and the memories that were made with them.  Technically, my interests involve just those two things:  photos and memories.  (Well, yes, and a third thing--a way to preserve them.)

I'm surprised, then, when I hear people say things like, "Oh, I don't do stuff like that.  I'm not creative."

Um... what?  Stay with me here.       photos + memories + a way to preserve them = memory-keeping

Nowhere in that equation is "creativity" included.  This may come as a complete shock, but CREATIVITY IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MEMORY-KEEPING!

And guess what.  Even "non-creative" people are creative! 

It's true.  By definition, a creative person is someone who creates.   Bombshell:   If you create something, then you are creative.  

I realize that's not always how we use the word--a person who creates a cake that looks like the Eiffel Tower is considered "creative" while a person who creates a circuit board to make something function isn't necessarily considered "creative."  But, again, by definition, the power to create makes you creative. 

According to {this article, "7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According to Science"}, there's a really simple thing you can do if you want to be more creative.  Check out number three: "trying new things makes you more creative."  The article states, "As it turns out, there’s a major neuroscientific basis for the link between openness to new experience and creative thinking."

SO THERE IT IS.  If you want to be more creative, try new things.  


 And this brings me back to why "creativity" is not required for memory-keeping.  First, if you create something, that's "being creative."  Second, if you don't feel like you're creative, try it--try something new and you'll BE more creative.

In the end, though, I promise you that these two books




ARE THE SAME THING!

They are the same thing.

They preserve memories the same.  They tell your story the same.  They preserve photos the same.  They give you something meaningful about your own life experience and that of your family THE SAME.  One that looks "creative" doesn't make it different.  They are the same.

No matter what the current trend, please don't let creativity or non-creativity influence your memory-keeping.  It's not important.  IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY MATTER AT ALL.  You are more creative than you think, and every time you try something new you stimulate your brain to be more creative.  But always remember that creativity isn't even a requirement for memory-keeping! 



Get started.  You'll be glad you did.

In fact, you can {get started right here}.

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4 comments:

Cary's Story said...

This post covers one of my favorite topics—and it’s done very well!!

Jennifer Wise HM said...

Thanks SO much, Cary! :)

Marsha said...

I do find this to be true. Once I get started with coming up with new things to make or how to embellish something to make it better. Then new ideas start to flood my mind. I quickly write them all down so I don't forget. I can decide later what is priority.
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Jennifer Wise HM said...

I think that's a great approach, Marsha. Writing things down helps me sort them out, and choosing the priorities is so important. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)