This is part one of a four-part series. Looks for part two on Wednesday.
Ah, the joy that comes with opening a new box of crayons. Each color, perfectly sharpened. The bright colors, the perfect box.
Do you have that memory too?
Oh, and then there was the joy of a blank sheet of paper in front of me — it held so many possibilities to create a masterpiece.
One day something shifted. The blank paper was no longer a joy, but a burden. It stared back, with criticizing eyes as it whispered how you are not good enough. As a child the possibilities were endless. And now, it is seems like what we create isn’t even good enough to hang on the fridge — let alone share with the world.
What happened to the desire to fill the blank page instead of the fear that surrounds filling it?
In 1968 George Land gave 1,600 5-year-old children a creativity test, the same one NASA used to select those who were innovative, to see how many were creative. He then tested the same kids again when they were 10 and later at the age of 15. The scores plummeted as these kids continued to grow up.
Below is a graph of the results:
And what can we learn from Land’s research. At one time we were all creative. But through wanting to fit in, from an education system that often teaches us all to execute the same way we lost it.
Yet we were created by a creator to create. And with that, doesn’t it mean we are all creative?
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. […]” God created human beings: He created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. Genesis 1:26-28