As I tried to think of the theme for this piece, one idea kept
coming to mind----Creativity. It shouldn't have surprised me. We are
on the cusp of spring and spring is all about life, birth, newness and
At the same time, I seem to be surrounded by women who are really
happy and by women who are not very happy at all. This wouldn't seem
to have anything to do with creativity but the more I observed the
lives of both groups the more I realized that happy women create,
every single day. Unhappy women do not believe they are creating at
As women, we seem to need to create. Maybe it's in our genes. Our
physiology would certainly suggest that. Reproduction is the epitome
of creation and we are the gender who makes that happen (with a little
help but we bear the brunt of it).
It's just that when we think about creating we think about acting,
painting, writing and making music. Too often when we do not possess
those talents we believe on some level that we cannot create. Creation
however, is so much more.
We have opportunities to create every minute of every day. It's all
a matter of looking for them, seeing them and changing our paradigms
about what they are. So much of what we do on a day to day basis can
seem boring and routine. But change the way you think about the boring
and the routine look at even the most mundane tasks as opportunities
to create and you may just change your life.
At work, creation can be the development of effective marketing
programs, efficient operational procedures, promising long-range
strategies, synergistic partnerships with complementary organizations,
ideas to make things better, less costly, and more efficient. It can
be the building, or mending of, relationships between departments,
managers and people in general.
Maybe your job doesn't feel that important. Maybe you work in
customer service and deal with nothing but complaints all day. What
could you be creating? How about goodwill that keeps customers coming
back again and again? How about solutions to customers' problem?
Maybe you're a receptionist. What could you be creating? How about
connections between people? Don't receptionists also create feelings
of comfort for visitors to a Company?
Maybe you're in accounts payable. What could you be creating? How
about a place for people to work, health insurance benefits for
employees, warmth when its cold? You help to create all of those
things when you pay the rent, the health insurance premiums and the
At home, opportunities to create can be more obvious. We know we
create love in our families and self esteem in our children. These are
not the tasks or ideas that wear us done. It's the mundane that gets
to us, keeping the house clean, washing the clothes, doing the grocery
shopping, cooking and running errands. These are the activities that
feel thankless, unrewarding and anything but creative.
But when you clean the house aren't you creating a better
environment for your family? When you do the laundry, aren't you
creating clean clothes for your children to wear? When you go grocery
shopping and when you are cooking aren't you providing and creating
nutritional foods for your family's health.
Recently, I went to the symphony. Maybe it wasn't so unusual that
this time I really noticed the large number of musicians performing.
Each one could have felt insignificant and as though their piece was
unimportant. And I suppose after playing the same music over and over
again for so many years, each one could have felt their job was boring
and mundane. But it was the insignificant, boring and mundane that
came together to create beautiful music and an extraordinary
It occurred to me that the symphony is like life. Each of us plays
a different instrument and we often feel as though our piece is
insignificant and that our routines are boring and mundane. What we
have to remember is that that is the process of creation. Life doesn't
begin overnight. Beautiful music and great works of art and literature
aren't created in a day.
Creation arises out of thousands of boring moments, and hundreds of
seemingly mundane steps performed over and over again…