I listened to this talk yesterday on the radio, Dallas/Fort Worth's public radio station KERA (and yes, I am a subscriber) on my way to the airport to pick up my husband and brother-in-law who were returning from Augusta, GA ... coming back from attending the funeral services of their beloved Aunt Shigeko. While I did not know Aunt Shigeko all that well -- I met her three, maybe four times in my life -- but she was always so lovely and kind to me and I do mourn her loss.
National Public Radio broadcasts a TED Radio Hour which now I know I can listen to on Sundays, from 2 - 3 pm on KERA.
It struck me as odd because I had never heard of TED until the day before. Don't ask me what rock I've been under as there have been so many in my life I couldn't hazard a guess as which particular rock. But anyhow, I stumbled upon TED by first visiting this lovely blog, T's Daily Treasures, during a late-night blog hop session. She had embedded a video in her post that mesmerized me and introduced me to TED. After watching the entire video I googled TED and began to learn more about this organization. Hence, when I heard the radio broadcast the very next day, I was struck by the coincidence.
I never read the book, Eat, Pray, Love, nor have I've seen the movie. I do not take much time to read anything other than historical and current event non-fiction, and I take even less time to see movies. But I had nothing better to do while driving my husband's car to the airport so I listened to the author's 18-minute TED talk and was very much entertained and encouraged by it.
Personally, I do not subscribe to "entities" outside of us that may be acting as muses, geniuses or whatever else various cultures calls them, but I do subscribe to her thought that creativity is not entirely sourced from within a person. I am a serious student of the Bible and I do believe in an Almighty God who created all things. And when He created the human that human was created in His image. The Almighty is the First Artist, and since we are made in His image, we are artists too. Every. Single. Last. One. Of. Us.
It is entirely up to us, however, to discover the artist in us. None of us are the same, so the expressions of our art will be a varied as the human population. What an awesome thought!
Some use paint; some use stone; some use paper; some use fiber; some use song and music; some use movement; some use thought. So yes, the philosopher and the mathematician and the scientist from any and all of the fields of study are also artists in my mind.
I find this expression of art to be completely and wholly satisfying ... even more so than eating (and I do enjoy eating ... a LOT!). I find life to much richer and happier when I "play" with my chosen media and I know I am not alone in that feeling.
Making art is much more important than collecting art ... although if one has the funds to collect, by all means, do so! Save a starving artist today!! Just be sure you make your own along the way, even if it's simply arranging your collection in an artist way.
For me, personally, being surrounded by my projects and having the ability to work at them, if only for a few minutes in a busy day, brings me joy and when one has joy, there is very little else in life one truly needs.
So my wish for my readers today is JOY! If you haven't already discovered the artist in you, go and find it!