Monday, February 17, 2014

You Are Never to Old to Create

A few years ago I worked as the director of program development for an assisted living company.  One day Henry, a 98 year old dashing gentlemen who lived at one of our communities called and asked if we could schedule an appointment.  A couple of weeks later we are sitting in the community dining room drinking coffee.  I am ready to hear his complaint.  You see, I assumed that is why we were meeting.  He looked at me and said “I think you believe in dreams and I need your help.”  Ok this was new approach.  In front of him was a folder.  He pushed it over to me and said “I just finished writing this symphony and before I die I want to hear it played by an orchestra.  Will you help me?”  I sat there in amazement, “Yes, I will help you” and that is exactly what I did.  I contacted the local junior college music department and four weeks later we had a symphony at the community.  Henry and his friends heard his music.   

You might be thinking, ok that is nice, but was it good?  Was the symphony good?  I really don’t think that matters.  Henry could barely hear and see and yet he spent years writing his notes and humming his symphony.  I think that is pretty good for a 98 year old.  But those of you who believe that the outcome is more important than the journey I will tell you his symphony was beautiful.

Each and every one of us has a creative soul.  If our creator is creative and we are in the image of our creator….well then we are creative.  It may take us a while to finally explore our creative passion as it was for Henry but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Every once in a while I will work with a client who thinks they are too old.  I smile and think of Henry EVERY single time.  Yes, age can slow us down but that is no excuse to NOT to do it.

When Henry said “before I die” those words lodged in my brain.  Every day I let my creativity out to play.  I don’t want to get to the end and think about all the creativity projects I want to do before I die.  What is your creative dream?  What are you waiting for?  

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