There is a great sense of achievement when you create something out of nothing. Today I was making a birthday cake for my mum and although it took some time to complete it left me with a really positive feeling. In modern life and when we are adults I don’t think we spend enough time making things.
As children we spent most of our days at nursery and primary school making things pictures, models, or stories. We didn’t care whether they were universally accepted as ‘art’; we knew that they would be praised by our parents. We just made them for the joy of making them.
When was the last time you truly got creative? It is very liberating to be able to express yourself through some form of creative activity. Painting, pottery, writing, baking – it doesn’t matter what it is as long as we enjoy it and feel the freedom of being able to do what we want to. It shouldn’t be about creating a masterpiece just about expressing ourselves.
But creativity isn’t just something for the hobbies at home; we should take the time to encourage it in the workplace. If people have the freedom to have ideas and feel able to share them then they will help the organisation or business to develop. This is a subject that is close to my heart and I have blogged many times about the importance of developing a work environment that supports creativity. Ideas are what we can often lack in work because we get stuck in the routine, following the processes and doing what we always have done.
I am really pleased with my efforts today that have taken a group of ingredients and with a little bit of creativity and inspiration they have become a three-tier birthday cake ready for my mum’s 70th birthday tomorrow. I have a huge sense of satisfaction and I am sure mum will like it in the same way she liked all the paintings and artworks I brought home as a child.