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Learning To See

When I was learning to draw, I had a good friend named Charles who had attended art school. He was excited to see me pick it up as a hobby. His wisdom to me was “drawing teaches you how to see the world.”

I didn’t get it at first. But I soon realized he was right. Drawing does teach you how to see the world. It also teaches you how to see yourself.

Looking back I realize that all creative activity is that way. Whether it’s songwriting, painting, creative writing, building, or a thousand other things, we always see things as we are, not as they are.

So let me encourage you in this: remember that as you create– as you make thoughts into things– never forget the change and growth happening inside you. Never forget the transformation that you are going through. That’s the real magic.

I’ll keep playing. I’ll keep creating. I’ll keep stretching and growing and trying and experimenting. I’ll keep learning to see.

What are you doing creatively these days?

**for tips on UNLEASHING your creativity, and building your creative muscle, check out 'Unleashing Your Creativity: Lessons From A Reluctant Creative".

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