Do you ever read the editors letter At the beginning of a magazine? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. It depends on the pictures surrounding the letter. I am big on pictures. Who isn't?
The pictures on this particular letter drew my attention and so I read...
Her thoughts encompassed the differences in a "creative dreamer" and a "creative maker". She settled for being a dreamer in some of her endeavors and primarily focused on publishing as being her creative "maker". She dives in to say that she believes "You can do anything you want to do. You simply need to learn how.... and practice, practice, practice".
That is something my mom drilled into my head. So, at the ripe age of 12 I got involved in a horse 4-H group. I focused all of my attention on barrel racing and raised box keyhole. My goal was to make it to States for those classes. Each year I would move up from showing in our local 4-H Round up to Districts.
After 5 years in 4-H, I made it to States and placed 11th out of 25 participants. I walked, talked, dreamed horses. That was my life.
So, I consider that my "creative maker" period for that season.
This editors letter lead me to the word possibilitarian.
Yes, it is an actual word. The Wikipedia defines it as
"Someone who believes that there are always possibilities, if you look for then" ~ Norman Vincent Peale.
Norman Vincent Peale goes on to write "I challenge you to become a 'possibilitarian'. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities- always see them."
I feel this defines the difference between a "dreamer" and a "maker". Dreams allow you to escape and think of the wonderful possibilities of a new project or idea. A "maker" takes a dream or possibility and applies vision, focus, energy, practice, a belief in yourself and a desire to learn everything possible about your venture.
Don't get me wrong. Dreaming is a good thing. I dream all the time. I dream that I become a famous guitar player, a a good painter or fabulous cook. But I know that is not where my true talent lies. I want to invest my energy on the talents that were graciously given.
I know many of you are living your creative dream. Ask yourself "Have I crossed over to being a creative maker?" Are you applying all of your focus, energy, practice, vision and desire into your dream?
I can honestly say that I have crossed over. I am a creative maker of silicone molds. I love what I do. At times have to pinch myself that I run my own business and can stay home and home school my kiddos.
Where are you?
Happy Candle and Soap Making,