The Courage to Create

12 Aug

The violet insisted, “Change me into a tall rose, for I wish to lift my head high with pride; and regardless of my fate it will be my own doing.”

– The Ambitious Violet, Khalil Gibran

Of all the things that man has made, there will be no more critical invention than the invention of himself.
The sun shines, we are hot and struggling to cool ourselves. The rain falls, we are wet and struggling to shelter ourselves. The snow falls, we are cold and struggling to warm ourselves. The world can seem too big and too much to handle. It seems that we, as people, are always struggling against the world around us. No matter how much we try or how smart we appear to be, it seems we just can’t control what’s happening.

It is true that there are many things beyond the reach of our arms. We try…and we fail. Then to escape the shame of our failure we become cold and indifferent in the acceptance of our limitations. Since we can’t control everything, we pretend as if we can control nothing. We don’t realize that only in our indifference is the world completely beyond the scope of our abilities.

Indifference makes us impotent. Life is and should be interactive and indifferent people aren’t active at all because they are detached: they have checked out. Indifferent people are absent in life, especially their own. They are always standing outside themselves watching life happen to them. Things happen; that’s the fact. The truth is: we possess a powerful creative will that can alter the end result of the things that happen.

We need the courage to create ourselves. To become passionate about our lives and the things that shape them. We must decide that although we cannot control what happens around us or to us, we will decide what we will become as a result of or in spite of what has happened. This is the adventure of our lives! This ambition to create oneself is what will make life worth living. It will cost us our comfort, our energy, and our time. It may mean that we taste defeat twice as many times more than we dine on success. But, we will go to our graves knowing that while some have merely existed indifferent, and impotent…our creative passion has given us control over the only thing we could control: ourselves. And having encountered us the world could not be the same; we have changed the world for having changed our lives.

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