One of the sayings that the Queen and I jokingly say when we are confronted with something we must do but have never done before is ”I’m new, I don’t know what to do!!” – stealing a line from David Spade in the wacky movie Joe Dirt.
Sometimes we’re overwhelmed – well I know I am at least. I get stuck in a rut, not knowing what to do. I remember when my brother’s kids were very young and I just got married – he mentioned not knowing what to do with them, how to play with them, etc. And I knew exactly what he meant. We both grew up in a business environment – in my father’s country store. After and before school and during summers, we were always there. The store for us served as our house more than our house did. There wasn’t a lot of time to “play” per say, except when things got really boring and quiet with no customers and we’d mull around looking for things to make out of cardboard boxes or tinkering with items in the hardware section.
I sometimes get caught up in my thinking, “stuck” and wondering what to do next. In my career, wondering and pondering over my options, what they are and how I can provide for a family if I was to follow a completely different direction. And what direction. How would I do it?
With my family – my wife and daughter. Getting creative with problems and issues. Do I continue to do what we’ve always done or do I work toward uncovering an unknown option?
Volunteering with the 4 year olds at church. It’s getting near the end and they are restless. Do I just give ‘em animal crackers and water or do I reach down inside for something that will leave a lasting impression and entertain as well?
I’m an engineer by training and have always tended towards the more “serious” side. I would kind of push off the idea at times that I could be a “creative”. Having a child certainly helped me with that to a large degree, yet I think we are all more creative than we’d like to believe. We were created in the image of God after all and He is THE Creator. I think we have more in us than we know.
Here is a very cool infographic from a post in Copyblogger I think we all could benefit and breathe a sigh of relief from when we think we aren’t able to be “creative”.