Why creativity is important: Mister Rogers’ garden of the mind

This morning I spent an hour digging in my garden, planting some new flowers and nurturing along the ones already there. I love watching my flowers grow and blossom, and I love imagining what new gardening ventures I could undertake.

I see the garden that grows now, and I see a future garden in my mind.

This morning The Castle Heart blog shared this video about a different kind of “garden of the mind.”

Mister Rogers encourages us to use the garden of our minds to come up with new ideas. Just think, he tells us, and voilà, you have created.

I believe that creativity is the secret to happiness.( Just watching this video made me happy.)

Those who spend their days creating beauty where nothing was before are happy. Whether it’s baking a deliciously moist chocolate cake, or capturing a magenta sunset with paint and canvas, there is satisfaction is stepping back and savouring what you created.

Some people resist the idea of creating. They think it’s beyond them somehow—that they aren’t artistic enough.

It’s not beyond any of us, though. Just think! To watch it, click here: http://youtu.be/OFzXaFbxDcM

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on June 8, 2012, in Art, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Arlene’s observations about creativity are so true. I spent my entire career in engineering, in which every design needed to be functional. It was never a requirement to create happiness. Only after I retired did I take a course on creating stained glass. The first elementary piece, which had zero functionality, brought immense pleasure. Subsequent pieces have been even more gratifying!

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