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Creativity: Blessing or Curse?

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Is too much creativity a blessing or a curse?  Your initial reaction would be that creativity is a blessing of course and it most likely is.  But think about this ... what happens when you cross a creative genius with an entertainer?  You get Lady Gaga



Don't get me wrong.  I like the exciting rhythms of Lady Gaga's music as much as the next person but her fashion can get pretty outrageous.  Remember the meat dress?



Was that a creativity blessing or a creativity curse?  You see what I'm getting at?  Sometimes there's a blurry line between the two when it comes to creativity.  Here's another example ... cross a creative genius with an architect?  You get Frank Gehry ... who can design a beautiful building with unrestricted lines and forms, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall below. 



It's truly incredible when you think of the complexities of producing such a "fluid" building out of metal, stone, glass, etc.  It's a blessing to the world yet people that had the challenge to build it probably thought of it as a curse sometimes.  On the other hand you also get someone like Antonio Gaudi ... who designed incredible buildings that were organic and unrestricted in form as well, such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Spain. 



At first glance, people might say this building is similar to the meat dress ... too much ... too scary and even looks like it could be protected by a curse!  Yet his work has inspired and blessed many people.  By the way ... is it a coincidence that the word "gaudy" and the works of "Gaudi" have similar references or connotations? 


Or maybe that's just how my brain works ... it tries to form creative connections where none really exist.  Thus the question, creativity is it a blessing or a curse?  In reality, that question came to me when I was planning my daughter's birthday party.  I kept thinking it was a curse to be so creative because I didn't know when to stop.  See for yourself ...



Cake from Heavenly Temptations Bakery in Seminole, TX


This party was a curse on the pocket book (to which "King Daddy" would agree) and to my poor family who had the task of building the medieval castle, making the crusader costumes, building a Cinderella carriage, and baking and transporting the fabulous castle cake.  It was a lot of work, but in the end ... we all came to the realization that we were creating magical and unforgettable memories for my daughter and all the kids that came to her party ... and that ... is truly a blessing to all.

Categories: Random Quirkiness

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