Creative Confidence needs solitude and quiet—which provides rest from the swirl of external “answers” and room for contemplation and prayerful consideration of our gifts, abilities, and what brings us joy. Anne Morrow Lindbergh suggests this is particularly important for women, as we often find ourselves pulled in many directions by the beautiful, yet at time exhausting, demands of family, friends, and community.
“Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
And Henri Nouwen beautifully describes the importance of solitude as a basis for a contented, peaceful life, inwardly and outwardly:
“To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit, from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.”
This solitude that both Nouwen and Lindbergh speak of, lays a foundation for all of life. It may be obtained in different ways, larger chunks of time or intentional minutes of everyday set aside, however, it is necessary. In my view, creativity should be a life-giving, peaceful, joy-filled part of who we are. All too often, I find that it can turn to frenetic chasing, discontent, and restless feelings of inadequacy and inability. By returning to the root of where our creativity lies, within ourselves as given by the Creator, and spending time in quiet solitude to truly know ourselves and who we were created to be, I believe we can live out an authentic creativity, unfettered by narrow definitions, constant “answers,” and the destructive comparisons we make. A creativity that begins internally and manifests itself externally. A creativity that is free, life-giving, and joyful, an act of worship.
This post is part of a series called 31 Days to Creative Confidence. Whether you think of yourself as a creative person or not, we guarantee there will be something here for you. We believe that you are creative and that creativity can be pure&simple.