By Josmat Jerry
There has been a lot of misconceptions and misinterpretations dazzling around the world on this concept. Did I just say misconceptions? YES. Looking all around and reasoning along with every field of study, every branches and categories of learning in all areas, each time the word “creativity” is being mentioned, studied or been dealt with, it has always been given only one single interpretation – ‘bringing new things into existence”. Suddenly, lots of folks have been brainwashed to accept this, they have been made to believe this faulty definition without getting it examined. On checking the definition at the first instance, it appears to be perfectly correct to the extent that it would be largely accepted as 100% true and valid – but give it a closer examination – it then appears to be false.
‘Bringing new things into existence?’ Let us all reason along with this: ‘Is there any new thing on this earth? Who is capable of creating something new nobody knows of (if not God)? Are we really creating new things? Critically looking at all things around us, they are not really new things, they are just same things done in a different way which appears to be new. Creativity is just the act of doing same thing in a different way, when an old thing or things of recent time is been reshaped and remolded with another approach which then tends to become new. Ben Carson says, “Creativity is just learning to do something in a different perspective.”
There is a phrase referred to as “God in exhinlo” which draws back to God being the origin of creativity, which also draws back to God being the first creator of everything. The term describe further that HE also placed this trait in all of us to be creative. Again, people mix up the expression “new things” for something else, they term it as producing or bringing in the main originality of something. New things referred to in this wide known definition simply refers to the same thing done in a different way which is the first of its kind that becomes something new. As said earlier, about 80% of people have misinterpret this to a context they are made to believe.
Creativity deals with our inner thoughts, our inner mind, it originates from our depth in thinking, our intuitive knowledge or by revelation. Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, and producing. Note that, ‘if you have ideas but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.’
Moreover, Creativity is a combinational force. It is our ability to tap into our inner pool of resources (knowledge, insight, informative, inspiration and all the fragments populating our minds) that we have accumulated over the years just by being present, alive, awake to the world, and to combine them in new and extraordinary ways. Digging deep into our inner minds to reason and find new ways of approaching the entity that makes us creative. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. We must also put to note that creativity and risk works hand-in-hand, to be creative – one has to be willing to take risks and discomforts. You must be able to exhibit full dedication to your handwork and make use of several methods, uncountable trials and errors.
Thomas Edison, the man behind the emergence of light (bulb), went through various testing combinations, numerous ways in which he can arrive to his final destination – discovering bulb light. One of his trials and errors resulted in a fire outbreak that destroyed his equipment, but this did not deter him from trying other approaches, he did not relent in his quest, he was focused on his goal and he indeed achieved the seemingly impossible. Our efforts in creating and bringing up something that seems new is not achieved easily, it involves hard work, self-discipline, determination, self-efficacy, self-esteem and also, faith. We must also put into consideration that being creative, like doing something in a different way, one needs to do something no one has ever done. For a new innovation to come into life, it must pass through new processes so that it turns out totally different from all others or previous ones.
As God creatures, we are unique in our minds, we think differently and view things from various perspectives. This tends to send a great message to us that we all have the ability to be creative in our own way. The Creator of the universe has deposited something super in each one of us, we are characterized with numerous intuitive knowledge, and our creativity trait is powerful enough to change the world for good. The sole responsibility that lie on us is to make the best use of this great gift, there is a natural force of creativity ability in you – you have only got to discover yourself!