Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor who creates new forms of life called Strandbeests. His creatures live on the beeches of Holland and someday he hopes they will be self-sustaining. Watch this fascinating clip:
|Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests – Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention Episode 1 Preview – BBC One|
Theo says that in the process of creating his Strandbeest he “discovered all the problems the real Creator must have had creating the world.” Whether Theo knows it or not, he is simply being who God created him to be. We are all born to be creators.
In the story of creation, God says that he created man in his image. All we know about God in the first chapter of Genesis is that he is a creator. God said, “let there be light” and it was. When he created us in his image, He gave us the same power to create something simply through declaration.
When I say you are a creator, I’m not talking about the creativity associated with artistic gifts. You don’t need to draw a shapely line or compose an aria. Creating in this sense means to build, create or call into being something though the power of your words.
When you declare something the words come first, then the “world” follows. We use declarations to create a new context. Think about when an official at a wedding says, “I now pronounce you man and wife,” everything changes because of the spoken words. There are legal, physical, financial and emotional ramifications with that one simple declaration.
Matthew Budd, the author of You Are What You Say, says “A declaration is an utterance in which someone with authority to do so brings something into being that wasn’t there before.”
Sometimes declarations are a simple as saying ” I’m sorry” or as complicated as declaring a new vision for an organization. What do you need to declare today about yourself, your work or your circumstances?
I hope, like Theo Jansen, you create beautiful and elegant creatures to populate your beeches. I hope you bring forth a new world of possibilities, a new way of seeing things, a new playing field in which to play.
Here’s to your success,