Creativity? – Creativity Is a Quality
I believed I was uncreative. What else can be
creativity besides dancing and painting and how to find out what my
"Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular
– with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It has nothing to
do with anything in particular.
"Anything can be creative – you bring that quality to the
activity. Activity itself is neither creative nor uncreative. You
can paint in an uncreative way. You can sing in an uncreative way.
You can clean the floor in a creative way. You can cook in a
"Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are
doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you
look at things.
"So the first thing to be remembered: don't
confine creativity to anything in particular. A man is
creative – and if he is creative, whatsoever he does,
even if he walks, you can see in his walking there is creativity.
Even if he sits silently and does nothing, even non-doing will be a
creative act. Buddha sitting under the Bodhi Tree doing nothing is
the greatest creator the world has ever known.
"Once you understand it – that it is you,
the person, who is creative or uncreative – then this problem
"Not everybody can be a painter – and there is no need also.
If everybody is a painter the world will be very ugly; it will be
difficult to live. And not everybody can be a dancer, and there is
no need. But everybody can be creative.
"Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly,
if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is
creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it
gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is