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Creativity Amuck…

falling forward

When God created us as creative beings, he must’ve known that we were going to make a mess of things.

Attempting to creatively teach creativity for me had its share of unfortunate incidences as well.

I should have known better that with candles and crayons available people would’ve put the creatively put the two together and caused a toxic fire.

I popped popcorn in class (to represent the anticipation of the Israelites in repeated exodus and our current anticipation of a new heaven and earth). However I accidentally bought a cheddar brand that really stank up the room.

People in the class jotted down their sins of the ways in which they have not been their unique creative selves. I was going collect the pieces of paper to set up a small controlled bonfire, but because of the above two mishaps and limited ventilation we had to skip it.

Some creative ideas simply point us to what not to do again.

However I believe most creative failures, are simply successes deferred.

They’re steps towards something beautiful.

Maybe in the right space and time, or with further innovation, no creative idea needs to go to waste.

Have you ever had any creative failures?

Might any of them be on the verge of something beautiful?

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  • parke April 9, 2007, 8:55 am

    Very good point, Lon. A while back I stopped trying to separate my written journal from my notes on the go, my random ideas and the maps I had to draw to get somewhere. Many times, I’ll start to see patterns emerge when the broken fragments are seen as a stream of progression.

  • Lon April 11, 2007, 12:27 am

    i’ve tried several times doing the same thing… but I’m still looking for something truly ubiquitous while being usable and transferrable.

    i love small pads of paper, but it’s so hard for me to go back to and search through…argh!

  • -drm- April 12, 2007, 9:58 am


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