Below is one of my favorite blogs I wrote in 2015 for the amazing @thehigginscreative that was featured on Thanksgiving Day. For an extra dose of inspiration, visit their online journal .

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I would love to say I’m the typical artistic type. I wish I could tell you when I knit that I don’t leave a gaping hole in everything, that when I draw that it doesn’t look like a three-year-old’s handiwork, or that this Halloween my pumpkin was more impressive than the pumpkin Emoji used on an iPhone.

However if I compare myself to my sister, she is a creative genius. Her pumpkins look like they are professionally done, she is musically gifted in so many ways, she is a Martha Stewart baker, and she can take a refrigerator box and make it into a castle for her children to play in, complete with a painted dragon and working draw bridge, in half an hour.

It is so easy to compare my “lack of” talent to her “plenty”. Maybe you have experienced this in your creative career? Maybe you too have noticed that no matter how good you are at something there is always someone who will be better. There is always someone who will have higher sales, better products, more social media presence, higher quality and better connections.

Here is what I am thankful for: creative individuality. It has been through trial and error that I have found what I love to do! I love writing, I love the art of connecting with people, I like meditative art even though I’ll probably be the only one who sees it. I also enjoy cooking with whole foods and coming up with completely random recipes and being excited about it even if it flops. 

When I Googled the word “creativity” it was defined as:”the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” However it was the synonyms that spoke the loudest to me: imaginativeness, innovation, originality, individuality, vision, and resourcefulness. None of these words define or relate to comparative behavior. All of these words point to an empowerment of self that creativity is whatever we make through what we envision or imagination.

It is through this discovery that I have found creativity is relative to its creator. Nobody’s handiwork is really “better” than each others’ but only different. It is in those differences that I am thankful that we all have a different world view and it comes out in our creative genius. I am thankful that creativity makes the world such a better and more beautiful place. I am truly grateful that creativity is like a wildfire that is easily spread. So many times I will see someone’s art, cooking, or writing and it will light a fire in myself to go do my own creating.

My challenge to you today friends is do not allow yourself to compare yourself to others in anyway as comparison is the thief of true joy! Instead of comparing yourself, allow yourself to be inspired by others to expand your own creative horizons. Be thankful for the differences you share and learn to benefit from them. When we embrace the power of individualism we can truly find our own confidence and identity… And that friends is something truly to be thankful for!

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3 thoughts

  1. You are right. There will always be someone who’s creativity stands out much more. I seemed to notice the exceptionally beautiful photo quality of instagramers. I figured that because my quality photos are really inferior, technically speaking, people might comment on that. Sadly, I follow someone who I thought took beautiful pics. I read a very mean comment someone left, regarding her poor photo quality. Of course that was just someone’s bitterness. I have found that my love for whatever my pic is, is good enough. If I am able to communicate a smile, laugh, or thought to someone, that is fine by me. Though this is not my career, I do understand your explanation. Humanity is all about comparing ourselves. That is fine. The gifted people are those who never even have the inclination to think their “art” is inferior, or second best. That the pure joy of creating is “good enough.” Beauty being in the eye of the beholder is so true. Thankfully, someone will always find beauty, where others may not. This truly makes most creativity special!

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