Weekly Photo Challenge: Create | Portraits of Success

When I saw this week’s Photo Challenge my thoughts turned immediately to my previous “Portraits of Success” photo of child’s chalk creations. I have reposted with some added thoughts and photos. Enjoy, contemplate … create.

Children have an insatiable desire to create, to dream. What better way to adorn a front porch than with these beautiful child drawings? Don’t children provide a continual delight with constant surprises of the creative urge? We smile, we laugh, we delight. We are captivated, enchanted.

But there is deep within us a simultaneous lament, an angst that pains the delight. We look bare-faced at ourselves. Life progressed and the weight of the world gradually nudged out the child—and the dreams, drowned in the cares of life, swirled in a whirlpool down the drain. The child within seemed to disappear. Then we become bearers of children and begin a quest, and cultivate to make it different for them.

But should we do no less for ourselves?  Should we not reclaim the artist, the child within? For the artist within leads to one of our Creator’s intentions for us—joy. Sheer joy.

A twenty-something picks up a brush for the first time and discovers a wondrous gift

The insatiable desire to create was given by the Creator to feed our dreams throughout life and create, create, create into adulthood—to keep us, in the words of Steve Jobs—”hungry and foolish”—and become all we were intended to be. And we can find our “adult work” through nourishing the artist within. Our work will not seem like work. In a sense, it can even seem like play. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Children are risky and lavish as they create. They are not gripped with insecurity, fear, or hesitation that bounds we adults.

A great-grandpa that knows how to stay a child and builds something delightful.

As grown-ups we must practice the art of creation and reclaim our childlike wonder. We must be intentional this time because we have lost our natural inclination to do so. Keep creating, keep looking, keep finding. After all, our Creator has the same insatiable desire. Look at the intricate beauty He presents to us everyday, everywhere—touches of heaven. Let us mimic Him.

Chalk is a great place to start!

Thoughts on this, please?

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But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 NKJV)

“To laugh often and much—to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children—to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends—to appreciate beauty—to find the best in others—to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition—to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  1. can just imagine how much any kid will enjoy that wonderful train

  2. I always say to myself to be like a child but not childish. 😀

    Nice post! 🙂

  3. I agree with you. Everytime I begin writing a new novel, I feel like I’m creating. Although none are finished, the act of creating something new makes me happy.

    • April,
      A lot of creative people are like you, starting and not finishing. We creative types all have that initial exuberance that wanes as we go along. Then we plunge into the next big thing. I’ve had to force myself to focus on completion. Someone once told me to begin with the end in mind. Then do smaller steps throughout the week to bring it to completion. Sometimes you have to schedule it so put it on your schedule just like anything else.
      Here is a great blog that gives practical steps about creativity and how to inch us along. http://studiomothers.com/
      I am writing a post about how to deal with procrastination. I hope you’ll visit again and read. Keep in mind, anything I write speaks first to me. You are not alone. 🙂

  4. Love it, Alexandria! 🙂 The first picture of the sidewalk chalk drawings reminded me of Aria (the little girl in all the picture in my blog post). We can spend hours drawing on every square inch of sidewalk in my neighborhood with that stuff. And thankfully I have lovely neighbors who welcome Aria’s artwork. 🙂 It’s a good thing when adults allow children to be creative.

    • Agree. How could anyone not love the chalk? Gets them outdoors, washes easily off them, abd a good rain clears the palette to begin again.
      Thank you for the thoughtful comment.


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