- something that obscures vision: something that prevents clear vision or understanding
- eye covers for horse: a pair of flaps attached to a horse’s bridle, one beside each eye, to keep the horse looking straight ahead.Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2003. © 1993-2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
In terms of creativity, the first definition of the word for ‘blinders’ is very negative. Being creative after all is about giving vision and making the obscure more understandable.
But as creative people, there are times where blinders are a necessary tool that we should employ within our journeys, and actually, blinders become a great blessing when we employ them in our faith journeys as well.
“True creativity is not about competition it is about the newness of authenticity. Authentic creativity speaks not only for the artist, but to the artist as well as the audience, and comes from a place within.”
Blinders that cover our eyes from distractions, things that keep us from our vision, and looking ahead, staying on the path, are very beautiful and worthwhile.
In the Gospel of John, we see the Messiah calling Peter to follow Him just after He and the other disciples had sat down for breakfast. Instead of simply following the Master into whatever his ‘next’ is, Peter immediately questions, ‘What about John?”
“Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”” ~JOHN 21:19-22
Within our faithwalks with Christ, which directly effect the outcome of our creativity, calling, and vision, we can find ourselves getting distracted by other called Children of God and their journey rather than focusing on the glorious details of our own.
We can get sucked into the comparison trap and become detailed by the distractions that scream, “What about them and what they are doing.”
When you start creating, developing your motion, the thing that you do not want to do is to think, “How can I be different from the person next to me?” When you start your creative process with that mindset being your base or foundation, (and many of us have) you keep yourself from tapping into your true creativity.
You can’t fully follow Christ Jesus into what He has for you by looking at what He is doing in the growth process of others.
What you are essentially doing is looking ‘outwardly’ at what the person next to you is doing, and you are taking what they have created, and have made that your foundation or base. You are putting the icing on an already iced cake.
“Your individuality begins from within it doesn’t take root from without…”
Digression. Spring-boarding off the work of others, using their vision as a tool or muse, is one thing. It’s a means of learning. This is not what I am talking about here. I am talking about creative competition and anxiety which is the knife that cuts the throat of many fantastically creative people.
People who run their creative race with their eyes on the competition never reach their fullest potential. They begin the race with a goal in mind and never reach the finish line because their eyes stayed on the ‘horse’ in the other lane.
Ultimately, they ended up crashing and burning, trying to be like the one next to them but never becoming the best expression of themselves.
True creativity is not about competition it is about the newness of authenticity. Authentic creativity speaks not only for the artist, but to the artist as well as the audience, and comes from a place within.
(An artist is anyone who is creating something from authenticity and truth.)
When you look ‘inwardly,’ which is a revelation (even if someone else’s work has led you to do so) and you get a new creative revelation that is authentic that speaks from the core of who you are, then at that point you can really begin to glean from the creative wisdom of others.
From there you can take aspects and concepts of what others have created and from there say, “How can I use this expression and make it my own?” while still holding on to your own individuality.
You create your own lane and forge a new path of inspiration.
Your individuality begins from within, it doesn’t take root from without…if that makes sense. It requires taking an introspective glance into the dark places deep within ourselves and learning our own true voice and song.
Many do not dare dive that deep for fear of what they will find.
We as creatives shouldn’t look around and think “How can I be different?” Instead ask yourself “How can I continue to be me, learn who I am as a Creative, and continue to climb each rung of this ladder of creative enlightenment. How can I rise higher by getting a hand up by other creatives by gleaning the wisdom that they have already produced?”
Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and what Chirst Jesus has seeded in you is a divine creative ministry all its own. Follow Him into what that is and don’t worry about others around you even if you are blessed to learn from them along the way.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
*Revised from June 10, 2014