Its the 30th December! Had a really great Christmas with lots of family and friends and now just 2 days until I launch my 2012 Journey! Journey 1 is going to be on the theme of creativity. In some respects I am quite daunted and in other respects quite excited. Creativity is such a vital and important gift: Writing, Music, Poetry, Cooking, Art….. the list is endless and the skills and thought that go into so many things are amazing. But I have to admit that for me it creates a great deal of fear. Whether its a fear of failure, a fear that work created will be judged or fear of not doing it well have so often stopped me from doing it. Which is a kind of madness really! I’ve certainly created some great cakes in 2011…. Resulting in me winning the ‘bake off’ competition at my work with The Chocolate Orange cake and the incredibly named Choca Mocha Latte Tarte. But when it comes to writing or music I’ve really struggled.
I have to admit that I’ve become a far better consumer of creativity (No I’m not just talking about my Wife’s amazing food although that is true). In some respects I’m fine with that as I am glad I can appreciate the writing and music of many others. Rob Bell is someone I greatly admire as he clearly has a gift in creating and communicating with his films, books and brilliant resources. He is clearly a very gifted communicator but is also a very gifted creator and creates some amazing concepts as well as resources. I’ve also got a lot of respect for many singer songwriters and especially the brilliant Foy Vance
But I don’t think that I can just be a consumer, I want to have a go at being a contributor as well. Perhaps it will just remain at cakes but I’m also hoping that as well as writing this blog I will also create some things during my Creativity Journey. Watch this space and see where we might go! I’m hoping to learn a lot and perhaps create some things along the way. In all my Travels with Tearfund one of the many impressive things about time spent with people in Kenya, India, Russia and Malawi was the way that people with very limited resources could create such brilliant things like Footballs, artwork and gifts…. truly inspiring and putting a lot of that ‘fear factor’ well and truly into perspective!