We’re nearly finished with our first look at the steps in the Four Actions Framework. So far we have examined Eliminate, Reduce, and Raise. One might expect that “add” comes next, but I love the choice of “create” to complement the “eliminate” of step one.
Create, make something new, break boundaries, be unfettered in shaping your family culture. This call to action is not about picking and choosing from a line of offerings, it is about finding our own voice and making something out of the scraps we have that has never been done before.
Don’t worry about being original, though. I love this quote about how creativity and authenticity is not the same as originality.
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” -Jim Jarmusch
Let’s take our authenticity and creativity to our families where they can have the biggest impact. It’s true family can be harshly, if innocently, critical, as when my three-year-old told me ”Mommy, your bottom is too big,” but they are also innocently appreciative of our attempts to bring beauty and meaning into daily life, as when that same three-year-old enjoys reciting the King James Version of Psalm 24 with us.
Where do you see potential for creativity in family life?
Please share in the comments (or contact me) and next week I’ll compile a list of all our ideas.