Morning Muse – About Creativity and Sensitivity

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create—so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” ~Pearl S. Buck (novelist and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize)

I have this quote printed and glued to my journal. Every time I start a new one, I print this quote again. I keep it there to remind myself of my high sensitivity towards different things that I daily encounter with. When someone sees only two things in the room, I might notice twelve, sometimes subconsciously and independently on my desire to see it. It also reminds me that the way I sense, observe and experience life is very much real and not imagined.
Sensitivity is not a curse, but a gift and if channeled properly, can become an efficient fuel to our creativity.

Art by Stanilaus Soutten Longley (1894-1966)

© Rita Digilova, 2015

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