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Get out there!

Let’s get this one thing out of the way: If you follow your creative impulses and begin to boldly express your ideas, you will feel embarrassed, ashamed, or apologetic, at times, about the quality of work that comes out of you.

That’s when you’ll have to ask yourself the following question: is it more important that I actualize my creative potential or that I build a track record with no creative blemishes?

If your goal is the latter, then stay away from all this messy creativity stuff. Keep all your ideas to yourself and don’t put anything out there until an Angel descends from heaven and tells you it’s time to reveal your genius to the rest of us.

If, on the other hand, you wish to actualize your creative potential, please take a brief break from the safety of your imagination and bring your gifts, talents, and aspirations out here into this cold and calloused world of critics, haters, and naysayers (as well as to this comforting and compassionate world of fans, supporters, and allies).

You haven’t begun practicing your craft until you’ve started to hold yourself accountable to real feedback, real audience response, real results, and real consequences.

The less qualified you are, the more aggressive you need to be about seeking out such experiences.

You’ll be amazed at how fast personal and professional growth can happen when people are watching you, others are being affected by your actions, and you know that something important to you is actually at stake.

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  1. great piece! fits right in with what i’m working on within myself right now. “in search of the divine masculine”. been pushing against what i perceived to be masculine energy because i’ve tagged it as being pushy, aggressive, critical. but when i align with the thought that divine masculine energy is Action, getting moving, not being afraid to step out and do what my heart tells me i need to be doing, it strengthens my resolve to just do it, just put myself out there. thank you once again for your excellent insight 🙂

    1. I’m glad this one found you at the right time, Judyette. I like your positive take on the Divine Masculine. I think that’s a very empowering way to look at it. Instead of seeing ourselves as pushy in relationship to getting the attention of others, we need to see ourselves as courageous in relationship to overcoming the resistance that stops us from blessing the people we’ve been called to help. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. Cheers 🙂

  2. My form of creativity is fairly frowned upon here where I live, I’m the one person who does it and no one understands why I continue when people do not appreciate it. I always tell them that its not a matter of the people who appreciate what I do, its whether or not I appreciate what I do. I still continue with what I do, and whether it is understood or not. I’m proud of my form of creativity, and maybe someday others will be too.

    1. I have a lot of respect for your self-determination and persistence. One of the reasons why I believe it’s so important to put yourself out there is because sometimes when you do, you get ignored or criticized. Learning how to keep creating in the presence of those kinds of forces is one of the most valuable skills we can learn and it does wonders for our personal depth. Keep on keeping, Emmy. I love your attitude!

    2. I write poetry, sing, dance, and play piano. Its frowned upon because everyone else is into sports where as I’m isolated in my room writing and practicing. And thank you T.K. I fully plan on keep on keeping as you put it.

      1. You’re quadruple threat 🙂 Wow! I love it! I’m glad that you choose to practice and pursue what makes you come alive rather than sacrificing your true self just to fit in. Cheers to you, Emmy 🙂

  3. I love your writings T.K thanks for sharing your mind! My question to you is what if one’s desire has always been to use his/her creativity to contribute to peace and harmony.. To somehow ease the sufferings.. But in his/her quest of self-realization, awakened to the fact that he/ she has been used, conspired against and framed by those how acted as allies and friends.. And now view of yourself and the world is not what it used to be! And what one can offer in the state of mistrust and confusion?! So I’d say sometimes the best is to keep it to yourself if what you have to offer is not going to be what you’ve always thought it was going to be.. Peace 

    1. Thank you, Zac.

      I can appreciate the complexities and challenges involved in the scenario you shared with me. I think the most important thing to remember is this: Never let anyone steal your fire! This world can be a cruel place and it will chew you up and spit you out really fast if you allow it too. But I think you already know that. In fact, this is the very thing that inspired you to help ease suffering and bring harmony to the world. The very kinds of experiences that have caused you to suffer are proof that we need people like YOU in this world. We have enough manipulators, pretenders, liars, and cheaters. We need people who wont give in to that. It can be difficult at times, but those of us who wish to change the world must find the strength to persist in advocating our vision even though the world may stand against us. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just face rejection by the majority of people. He faced death threats, but he persisted in his dream and, although he sacrificed his life, he won. His haters are dead. His murderers are dead, But his dream is a reality that still lives, because he didn’t allow anyone to steal his fire.

      Here’s another important thing to remember: There will always be people who reject your message no matter what it is and no matter how you deliver it. Even if everybody loves you, someone will hate you just because you’re loved by everyone. There will also, however, always be people who receive what you have to say. The goal is not to silence yourself because there are people who reject your message nor is to try to force them to accept your truth.The goal is to be true to yourself and trust that the people who are meant to gravitate to you will do exactly that.

      Your thoughts?

      1. Thanks T.K for your thoughts on this complex matter… I have a deep respect for Dr. MLK and his World shaping accomplishments… But the thing is I certainly not the ONE like him… – mother Treasa is much closer to my calling – I am an ordinary family man who just want to see his children grow to become productive member of our society … I rather focus on my circle of influence – my family and myself- for change and improvement, that by itself is a great contribution to the whole… My calling tells me the only area My creativity can be used is the work of charity…

        1. Do you want to know something ironic, Zac? The description you just gave of yourself is pretty much the same as the description that most revolutionaries gave of themselves. Most people who change the world are just like you—they didn’t set out to change the world–they were simply individuals who were being true to themselves and who refused to let anyone steal their fire. I wrote a very short post last week that I would like you to read. It’ll take less than one minute. I think it may be perfect for you. Here’s the link: http://wp.me/pUuQw-21A

        2. Hi Zac,

          I was just reading something by Filmmaker Tyler Perry and it made me think of your situation. So, I thought i’d share it with you in case it provides any food for thought or fuel for inspiration. Here’s what he wrote on his Facebook Fan Page:

          GUARD YOUR HEART AND MIND
          by Tyler Perry

          If you can get this, this will change your life… I was out taking my morning run. I love how still it is when I’m running. I can hear clearly and really commune with God. I wanted to share this with you. It’s a lesson I had to learn.

          One of the keys to success is to be able to guard your heart. Now, usually when someone says guard your heart they are talking about keeping yourself from heartbreak. Although that is important (as long as you don’t go overboard… but that’s another conversation) that isn’t what I’m talking about. When we are born into this world we enter with such a pure heart but as we grow older situations, circumstances and people tend to make us change. Now I know it is nearly impossible to keep a childlike innocence in our hearts all of our lives, especially after people have betrayed, lied, mistreated and downright been the devil. Trust me when I tell you, I have seen it all. I have been there big time. If you’re like me you’ve been there too. But if this is your situation I want you to know two very important things about those moments of heartbreak. Number one, learn the lesson in it. See how it will work together for your good, because it will. Once you do, it’s easier to forgive and move on. Secondly, and this is just as important as the first one, you must not let that person or people change your heart. What do I mean by that? Well, if you are a giver and someone you have given to misuses your gift, don’t stop giving… just give to someone else. If you are a person that loves people and someone you love hates you, don’t stop loving… love someone else. Eventually, you will find people who appreciate your kindness and your love. Remember this, lots of people have been conditioned to not be able to accept purity of heart. They can’t take it in. Most times it’s not even their fault. It’s just what has happened to them on their journey in life. But don’t let them turn you into one of them. There will be a lot of people in your life who will not appreciate your pureness of heart. If they hurt you don’t stop being you… just be you with someone else.

          Why is this so important? Because God blesses you according to what is in your heart. If you are being kind, giving, loving and sharing because it is in your heart and you are not looking for anything in return, then that is a heart that God wants to bless. If you change who you are because you’ve been hurt, then you’ve changed the thing that God wants to bless you according to, and that is your heart. The people who hurt you are not worth that. You can lose everything that you have, but don’t let anybody change your heart.

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