The spark within
Being creative is not merely being good at painting or singing or writing poems. It is the spark of the divine Creator that lies nascent within all of us.
The sun bobs up from the horizon, spilling its gentle rays on the rocky walls of an unknown cave. The moon quietly bows away with a zillion stars in tow. A cave man, hard like the stones he works with, watches the dawn as the wind plays with his unkempt hair and the cry of a newborn drifts into his ears. He stands motionless, entranced, unable to articulate what he feels or fathom why. Little does he know that he is mesmerized by the power of the Creator and His Creation...
It isn't easy to come to terms with the somewhat nebulous, intangible, but strangely fascinating concept of creativity. The word is derived from the Latin 'creatus', meaning 'to bring into being'. More often than not, creativity has been associated with the arts—painting, dancing, sculpture, literature, and so on. Then, is it correct to assume that if you can paint or dance, you are creative?Dr Krishna Maitra, a reader in Delhi University, India, and executive member of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Gifted and Talented Children, negates such an assumption.
"We shouldn't confuse creativity with talent," she explains. "Talent is a specific aptitude in a specific area. For example, people may be good at music or dance or painting without being creative. Creativity involves talent, but talent is not creativity." Maitra feels creativity happens when various forces—be they environmental, motivational or psychological—interact to create something unique. And this is not necessarily limited to arts alone.