“Create” said my friend with enthusiasm. I looked at the blank piece of paper and was numb. “Create? Create what?”
“Let it flow. Put paint on brush, brush on paper. See what happens.”
“She’s got to be kidding” I murmured to myself. “I need her to show me what to do. I’ve never painted before”. The others were mixing paint colours, adding water, having fun. One was even humming. And I? What was I doing? I was looking at the others, trying to figure out what to do … looking at the instructor, trying to have her tell me in simple, easy, step-by-step instructions, how to create. But there I sat. Immobile.
Schoenberg created twelve-tone music. Bette Nesmith Graham invented liquid paper. Picasso created cubism. Maria Telkes & Eleanor Raymond developed the first solar-heated home. Auden made verses. Gates created Microsoft. Gutenberg invented moveable type. Cartwright invented the game of baseball. Earle Dickson invented bandaids. Anna Connelly created the outdoor fire escape. Walter Hunt created the safety pin. Grace Murray Hopper invented COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software program. Jack St Clair Kilby created the microchip. Arthur Wynne created the crossword puzzle. Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper. And then there was Einstein, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Pasteur, Eli Whitney, and …
They all created. Were they ever ‘immobile’? Why was I? Thoreau wrote “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” The Deuteronomist wrote “Choose life!” So what did I have to lose? Paint went on brush. Brush touched paper. Creation! Finally.
… risk … go confidently in the direction of your dreams … choose life … create. We just need to begin.
© June Maffin