Creativity, Art, and Faith
In past blog series, I often asked about "recommended podcasts/ books." My friend Tom had recommended the "Rich Roll" podcast, and I was listening to an amazing podcast episode recently, with Rich Roll and his guest Terry Crews, on strength through vulnerability, true power, and transformation.
I write a lot about creativity, the arts, and faith, and Terry shares a lot about his childhood and his own creative gifts. I believe we are all born with gifts. Unfortunately, many parents, teachers, religious leaders, peers, etc... do not support or encourage an individual's innate gifts, especially when these gifts are in the arts and of a creative nature. Terry was blessed to have an art teacher who not only saw and recognized his artistic talents and gifts, but also shined a light on them; supported, and then took impressive action to make sure that Terry got on a path to manifest those gifts.
I do believe that ultimately, creative gifts and talents do bear fruit and come to fruition, sometimes sooner, and sometimes later in life.. It is indeed clear that we are not to "hide" creative gifts. People are placed in our lives and on our paths to remind us and encourage us to nurture, and to find joy in our innate talents and gifts. Sometimes it is earlier in life, as was the case with Terry, and sometimes it is later in life.
Life is indeed a journey! It is always in the being and becoming, that we find the deeper wisdom of our own uniqueness and path.
Terry goes on to share a lot about his personal as well as professional challenges and struggles. I am sure that many can indeed take away and learn a thing or two, from this podcast episode..
Some of the many topics Terry and Rich chat about:
• Faith and Action
• Intimacy and Connection
• Gratitude, Peace, and Acceptance
• Artists as Idealists
• Addictions - they work, until they stop working
• The Serenity Prayer
• Service and Rabindranath Tagore's quote about service.(below)
• Terry's profound quote on "being" - "In order to have, just do, and in order to do, must be."
The full interview:
Rabindranath Tagore - "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted
and behold, service was joy."