Monday, January 7, 2008

A thought for Monday

My husband knocked one out of the park this Christmas when he bought me the book, Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko. I wanted to share a snippet of this book that I found incredibly wise and inspiring:

We do not chose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth , or the immediate circumstances of our upbringings. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we so choose how we shall live: with purpose or adrift, with joy or with joylessness, with hope or with despair, with humor or with sadness, with a positive outlook or a negative outlook, with pride or with shame, with inspiration or with defeat, and with honor or with dishonor. We decide what makes us significant or insignificant. We decide to be creative or to be indifferent. No matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. In the end, our own creativity is decided by what we choose to do or what we refuse to do. And as we decide to choose, so are our destinies formed. - taken from the preface of the 2nd Edition of Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko.

Have you chosen creativity? Are you personally struggling with indifference or are those around you indifferent to your creative journey? Sometimes I think we put too much stock in the opinion of others. Especially when the opinion of others is often coming from individuals who mock creativity or have given up on their own dreams and have unknowingly become dream killers. Choose creativity and don't let IS significant and it does matter.

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