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Weekly Mindfulness Support Blog - Creativity; an Unexpected Virtue

Hello and welcome to this glorious Friday, July 9, 2021. Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again.

A few years back, I listened to Brené Brown’s audiobook, “The Gifts of Imperfection.” In this thoughtful and inspiring book, Brown offers what she calls “Ten Guideposts to Wholehearted Living.” As I listened to her explain the wisdom behind each point, I realized that there was one guidepost in particular that I not only didn’t practice, but it also terrified me: Creativity!

I’m guessing that this fear came from childhood experiences when other kids laughed at my artwork. Even though I laughed at theirs, it was different when they laughed at mine. Somehow, it seemed like my artwork deserved it; I deserved it. Maybe my fear of creativity came from my adolescence days when I boasted that my bass guitar playing skills were tight. Then, one day, I was invited to play with others. The gig was up! And well, honestly after that point, I was too afraid (though I wouldn’t have admitted it then) to engage in anything creative that I didn’t already know how to do. The fear of failure and being judged was paralyzing.