‘Do it again Daddy!’ our 5yr old squeals in delight as his strong firm hands throw her confidently up and catch again.
[And we wonder how much longer we will be able to do that with ease!]
‘Please do it again!’
Have you noticed that children never seem to tire of repetition?
‘Read it again Nana!’ to that favourite book…..‘Just one more kick Dad’, she says during a never-ending game of touch.
I’ve been pondering the boldness and courage that it takes to not tire of monotony.
We see it with ease in our children when they identify something they are passionate about. I often think that creativity can become entangled in the mistaken thought that all is spontaneous and new. Certainly as we grow into adulthood we sometimes lose the desire to do the same thing over and over. To be creative suddenly becomes the need to come up with new ideas all the time…or at least in the shortest timeframe possible!
Yet I wonder if being creative is more closely aligned with passion and repetition.
To love something so much that you want to do it again and again, practice again, try it again….for the pure joy of experience. And within that joy and repetition surely comes improvement, strength, something better, a stronger idea or solution.
My eldest daughter is a swimmer. She swims 6km up to 6 times per week. She is only 13. She embraces a life where she repeatedly jumps in the cold water and swims lap after lap. Improving technique, getting stronger, practicing discipline, refining her craft. This week she represented our state at a national championship. I shared her disappointment when she didn’t have the swim she hoped for, she works so incredibly hard I can’t explain to you my respect and admiration for her dedication. And yet she wanted to come home and train that very afternoon – back in the pool, practicing again: refining, strengthening, problem-solving. DO IT AGAIN.
My second daughter is a runner and she too puts in kilometre after kilometre – focused and determined. She had a big run go not as well as hoped this week too. And yet she picked herself up and is training again today and will compete again on the weekend. DO IT AGAIN.
As surely as the sun and moon rise each day to the same rhythm – DO IT AGAIN…..in creative splendour each time, I am challenged this week to pull back and search for the things I am passionate about doing again and again and again.
In solving an Interior Design problem: the cyclical nature of the design process generates ideas, tests them against a brief, refines them with the client and comes back around for a second and a third pass until the best creative solution is reached.
In making art, techniques need to be practiced again and again until they are refined and produce quality work.
In almost any profession, the journey to innovation is creative and passionate repetition.
And so in our midweek creative this week, join me, won’t you? And seek some ways to nurture your creativity through repetition: just ‘DO IT AGAIN’…..