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Monday, May 27, 2013

Uche Nduka

"Creativity is a way of responding to life.  It's an all-around essence — it's in how you make love, how you cook, how you talk to other people."

— Uche Nduka
Nigerian Poet / Songwriter
1963 -

Are you creative in every area of your life?  Or do you limit your creativity to your art or your writing?  Creativity is a way of life.  It is how we live our lives.  Creativity is about making things better — about changing the world in which you live.  You can be creative while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.  Creativity is about how you see the world — how you experience the world.  Creativity is how we explore the world and learn its secrets.  Don't limit your creativity.  Don't limit yourself.

Everyone is born with the gift of creativity, but many lose the gift on the road to adulthood.  You can recover this gift if it has been lost.  You can expand your gift if it has shrunk over the years.  Learn to apply creativity to everything you do or say.  Learn to be happy with the gift you have been given.  Learn to release your natural creativity to help you deal with the problems of the world or your personal life.

Celebrate the gift of creativity.  Acknowledge the gift that you have been given.  Share the gift of creativity with others.  Believe that you can change your world through creativity.  Free yourself from the shackles of doubt.  Embrace your inner creative being.

Creative Practice
This week apply your creative gifts to areas of your life where you normally are not creative.  Maybe you create a new dish in kitchen.  Maybe you have a creative conversation with a friend.  Maybe you invent a tool to make your life simpler.  

Uche Nduka was born in Umuahia, Nigeria.  He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Nigeria.  He published his first collection of poems in 1988 at the age of 25.  He has since published 8 more collections of poetry.