We are in the midst of a series on creativity, and it occured to me this week I never wrote about one of my favorite purpose songs by Katy Perry, Firework. (No, I am not endorsing Katy's lifestyle or theology, just interested in her song.) I first paid attention to the song last year at a baseball game on the Fourth of July in Washington DC and came home and listened to the song, paying attention to the words. But what really blew me away was the number of "hits" that were on the YouTube version of the song. There were more than 210 million! (A year later there are 320 million!)
I would say that song caught the attention of the world, would you agree? So what was it that caused so many to pay attention and listen like I did (albeit a few years after the song was released - I may be slow, but I get there eventually)? Let's take a look.
The song basically speaks about being comfortable with who you are. I am going to give you a link to listen and watch the lyrics later, but for now, let's just look at one of the verses, which says,
It's always been inside of you, you, you
Now it's time to let it through, through, through.
If you are going to express your creativity, you are going to have to be comfortable with who you are. For instance, you will never paint if you judge your paintings before or even after you paint. You have to let your painting "through, through, through" especially if it's been inside of "you, you, you" for a while. The same is true for your business idea, your poetry, your invention or anything else of a creative nature. You cannot fight who you are and what you are doing and expect to be creative.
Once you get comfortable, then you need to get busy! I set aside time every day to write, but I have been doing that for ten years. There was a time when I did not write at all. My point is that you don't have to start every day expressing your creativity, but can you start with once a week? Author Julia Cameron calls this an 'artist's date,' and she recommends that you set two hours once a week to do something that stimulates your creative. (She also recommends three hand-written pages of journaling every morning, but I don't want to scare you away.)
You have the potential to be the 'firework" that Katy sang about, but only if you summon the courage and faith release what's in you. Join me during this creative series in taking new steps to recognize, accept and release your creativity and be like the firework in in the song, going 'boom, boom, boom' across the sky of your world. Oh yes, here is the link to the song with the words (I had nothing to do with the typos). Enjoy and then go light up the sky for God's glory. Have a great week and happy Fourth of July if you live in the U.S.
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KENYA TRIP: My trip to Kenya from August 17-31 is coming together. So far, I know I will be hosting a DISC Certification Profiling Seminar (for those interested in making profiling a part of their business), a Purpose Profiling Seminar, A Dream to Reality Seminar, and one PX2 and Investment in Excellence, the latter two from The Pacific Institute. Please write if you live in Kenya and are interested in receiving information about any or all of these events as the times draws near.