My daughter proudly showed me a little, balsa wood purse that she made at school on Friday. It had 2 tiny, decoupage buttons, a stubby wooden latch and a brown, imperfect shoestring handle which, when viewed from the top, formed a face.
“I like her smile” I said to my daughter.
“What smile? ” unconcerned about what her arrangement formed when viewed from another angle.
Even though her crafted smile was not intentional, it was there.
There’s something about creativity that allows one to feel content or whole. But when many exit childhood, they often lose this emotional connection because they have drastically slowed down their creativity.
This is not to say that everyone needs to be creative or artistic. BUT if we go about our day without enjoying the work, which is often the case when one’s only concern is the end return/product, we are not much different than machines.
Machines have no need to smile..we do.
I think we can all agree on that
[For more info on creative projects go to PBS]