“Unused creativity isn’t benign. It metastasizes.”
So said Brené Brown in her amazing interview on Oprah as she explained that wholehearted people cultivate creativity.
Brené went on to say that wholehearted people also cultivate meaningful work. This work doesn’t have to pay the bills (though if yours does, that’s awesome). It’s the work that’s satisfying, not the money it brings in. To illustrate her point, Brené referenced a CPA-by-day who makes jewelry at night, and sells it on Etsy.
When I heard these words, I couldn’t help but think about the women I’ve sat down with or chatted with or exchanged emails with–just in the past two weeks! They’ve thrown around big words like Calling. Mission. Purpose. Giftedness.
Many of these women have been stay-at-home moms, and they’ve shared different versions of the same story: I love my kids but I need something else, too. I don’t know how to make that happen. Help me figure it out.
And so many of them feel guilty for wanting this.
Listening to Brené, I wonder if some women are gifted in such a way that they use their creativity–I mean really use it–as stay-at-home moms. Those big words–calling, mission, purpose, giftedness–find expression in that role.
And I wonder if some women just aren’t.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. If wholehearted living requires cultivating creativity, then are you finding an outlet for yours? Are you using your gifts? Do you need to find a way to use them?
Thanks for making this a safe place for me to think out loud. I’m looking forward to a great discussion in comments.
P.S. Brené dives deeper into the subject of creativity in her book The Gifts of Imperfection.
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