There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly – Buckminster Fuller

I have recently learned that one of my colleagues at work has cancer. As usual, a card is circulated and people are kindly asked to contribute a few coins for a gift. As colleagues however, we don’t know a person well enough to choose an appropriate gift. 

So I figured we should do something a little more creative and create a gift from scratch. I gathered a few willing but doubting colleagues around a table and we painted a few small canvasses that are to be joined into a bigger picture. Not great art, but a personal way to wish this colleague all the best and show that we are really thinking of him – enough to free up some time and be creative.
Many of these colleagues were willing because I am just good at convincing :-) or because they felt they kind of had to… Some of them were moaning ‘Oh but I am not creative at all’. And I found it difficult to open their eyes and tell them that everyone is because creativity really is no big deal.
The following day, Christine Kane‘s email pops into my mailbox which explains just that. So I shared it with my colleagues and want to share it with you as well. So enjoy reading and be creative!

Creativity isn’t a big deal.

It’s like our breath. It’s just a part of who we are.

Everyone knows this truth, but most people pretend that Creativity (with a capital C) is something special. 

People who say, “Oh, I’m not Creative,” or “I don’t have a Creative bone in my body,” sound like they’re trying to convince themselves of something, rather than telling themselves the truth

They make Creativity a BIG DEAL because, by doing so, they keep it safely out of reach. It then requires nothing of them, except to occasionally utter the phrase, “Oh, I’m not Creative!” 

These people are often a little disappointed when I teach them what they pretend they don’t already know:

· Creativity isn’t a big deal.

· Creativity is not an event.

· Creativity doesn’t so much happen, as it is allowed. 

This is boring. It’s unimpressive. And it’s also why so few people Live Creative. It requires presence and practice and allowing. And really, these aren’t very exciting things. (Unless you’ve experienced them! Then you know they are!)

Canine Creativity Class 

When I found my dog, she’d been badly abused. I was walking on a gravel road, and she was watching me from a mound of dirt in an old churchyard where she’d been dumped. 

She started to follow me. 

Each time I turned around, she’d stop dead in her tracks. 

When I tried to walk towards her, she’d tuck her tail under her butt and slink away from me. 

But when I just continued along my way, she followed me. She eventually got closer and closer. Ultimately she followed me home. 

This is how I experience Creativity. 

If I try to turn around and catch it, it turns away. Living Creative is not about willing it or grabbing it. In fact, Creativity rarely takes to announcements like, “Today I’m gonna be Creative! I’m gonna write a novel!” 

It’s a process. It’s a way of being. And though it can’t be forced, it can be cultivated and allowed.It thrives when you’re already open, and your mind is receptive and quiet. There’s almost a joyful laziness to it. 

So, in the spirit of making Creativity a No-Big-Deal part of our lives, here is my #1 favorite no-big-deal Creativity Tip… 

Christine’s Favorite Creativity Tip: Carry a Tiny Spiral Notebook 

Get some tiny spiral notebooks. 

Carry one in your car. Carry one in your purse. Bring one along in your back pocket. Keep one next to your bed. 

Songwriters call them Hook Books. It’s a place to write down lyric ideas, especially the “hooky” song titles. 

But you don’t have to be a songwriter – or even a writer – to use this tool. Here’s why: 

We all have great ideas. We all hear funny comments worth remembering. We all notice breath-taking moments

When we actually take the time to jot them down in our tiny notebooks, then we’re honoring these ideas and these moments. We are essentially telling our subconscious mind that our creativity matters enough to take action on it. And we’re letting it know that it’s no big deal. Our subconscious mind gets the message, and begins its work of noticing new things and generating new ideas. 

When we keep a tiny notebook, we are training our minds to Attract Ideas. Each time we put an idea or a moment on paper, it’s like shouting “Yes!” to our Creativity. 

It doesn’t matter if we DO anything with the note or the hook or the idea. It’s easy for your logical brain to step in and say “Yea but will it pay the bills? Will it lead to a novel?” (In other words, will it be a BIG DEAL?) 


But there are some definite things that this practice will do: 

· It will teach you how to be an “Idea Magnet.”

· It will show you that there are many solutions inside of you. 

· It will train you to recognize what delights you and brings you deep joy. 

· It will build your relationship to your Creative Self. 

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this tip. Over time, you’ll begin to feel the profound effects it has on your life.

Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at

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One Response to There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly – Buckminster Fuller

  1. Vanessa says:

    I totally agree with you and with Christine Kane.

    I know this girl, and she is not good at drawing, to be honest, I think she’s terrible. In her art class, she was the one being teased by her classmates because according to them, she’s not “artistic/creative enough.” Then she started thinking of a “substitute” to her weakness, drawing. She’s good at the computer, so why not try using the computer to channel her artistic thoughts? She’s artistic, but she just can’t channel it through her bare hands.

    Now she’s a layout artist and a designer. Her classmates always ask her to make a banner, graphics, invitations, and blog designs. And so does other people. Okay, that girl is me. But the moral of the story is saying “I’m not creative enough” is just like giving up to the challenge. The process of not giving up is creativity itself.

    Creativity is the process where you think of ways on how to overcome your challenges. Creativity is an ATTITUDE that you should wear everyday.

    Your colleagues may see this as a challenge but they just don’t try enough to overcome it, that’s why they are using creativity as an excuse.

    Sorry for the long comment. :-)


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