Don't Forget To Thank Creativity

Thursday, November 23, 2017
You read a lot of posts about being thankful at this time of year. You will often see a long list of the typical items: family, shelter, food, health, financial security, and so on. It's good to be grateful for the blessings we have and to look at life with an optimistic and grateful attitude.

Have you ever been thankful for your creativity? 

I feel like we should take a moment today and be thankful for our imaginations, for the gift that we have been given to use our right brains and make fantasies come alive whether its with words or paintings or music.

My creative one
I am thankful that I see my gift of creativity coming alive in my daughter. At 7, she has a notebook, where she writes lyrics to original songs. She has made several stapled books full of words and illustrations. She pretends to be characters from her favorite shows. I can often overhear her talking to her "YouTube Channel Fans" on her made-up Katie channel. Sometimes she even ends that creative play with, "Don't forget to leave a comment below on how you liked our video."

Because I am thankful for creativity, because I am a writer, because creativity is important and celebrated in our house, she is carrying on the tradition. I suppose I am responsible for molding another creative mind, and I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity!

I am also thankful for the outlet my creativity provides for me to work through the tough times, to express myself through humor, to share what is important to me with the world.

So this Thanksgiving, while you fill your belly with turkey and stuffing and you give prayers of thanks for your many blessings, don't forget to also thank the powers that be for your gift of creativity and your freedom to express it. I certainly will be, and I might just be doing that on Katie's pretend YouTube channel, where I will ask her viewers to leave a comment below on what they are thankful for this year or how their creativity helps them. 

Margo L. Dill is a writer, editor, teacher, and mother living in St. Louis, MO. Don't let your creativity and progress on your novel stop during the holiday season. Consider taking her WOW! novel writing course, where you will be turning in sections of your novel every Friday for critique. Next class starts December 1. Sign up here.


Sioux Roslawski said...

Margo--Yes, we should be thankful for our creative vein. Also for our thick skin.

As far as your daughter, yes, I'm sure you are responsible (nature AND nurture) for her creative spirit. My daughter is an artist (drawing and painting) and my granddaughter is an artist and a writer. I'm thrilled and quite proud of both of them.

Margo Dill said...

That is so awesome, Sioux. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Angela Mackintosh said...

I agree, Margo! I'm SO thankful I have creativity as an outlet to express myself. I'd probably be very scary without it.

That's so awesome that Katie made her own made up Youtube channel. She rocks! Just like her mom!

I hope you're both having a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)


Margo Dill said...

Thanks, Ang! She is so funny--always talking to those YouTube fans. :) Hope you have had a great weekend!

Mary Horner said...

I love that she has her own made-up Youtube channel! That made my day!

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