While Alex's words are
very true, they can't help us much if we're waiting for
others to praise our creativity. If we wait for
someone else to compliment us or encourage us, we could
end up waiting a very, very long time and becoming very
discouraged. That's why when I look at words like
these, I think about the other people in my life and the
positive effects that I can have on them.
Sometimes I find it especially difficult to be encouraging
about creativity because I simply don't like something
creative that someone else has done. It may be
aesthetically unpleasing to me, it may offend me, it may
make be feel nauseous--whatever the reason, there are
simply some creative things that I don't like, just as I
don't like sushi or coconut or any number of foods.
In that case, though, it's important that I put my likes
and dislikes aside and try to focus on the fact that
someone has spent time and effort creating something, and
I now have the choice between encouraging or
discouraging. After all, just because I don't like
something doesn't mean that it isn't good. As long
as I'm aware of the choice, it becomes much, much easier.
The up side to me being encouraging is that my
encouragement may contribute directly to there being more
creative material in this world of ours. Any time
that someone reaches inside and takes the risk necessary
to create, the world becomes richer and there is more
potential in it, simply as a result of the creative work
of individuals. And I can be a part of that when I
give kind words of praise for someone's creative efforts.