“You’re the nicest person on the face of the planet! Thank you for being so gracious” was the response to me from one of the staff at a partner organisation, that does amazing work in bringing clean water to millions of people. All I had done was make their life a little bit easier by not pursuing a minor issue, and I received that response.
Of course I’m not “the nicest person on the face of the planet,” and I’m not sure any individual can be.
But for a brief moment, when I read the email…
I felt like I was!
Her comment reminded me, that in every email interaction, we have the opportunity to make audacious statements that makes the recipient feel incredibly special.
Even if it’s just for a moment.
My 10 year old checking out her art at the HeART Expo. She is a true artist.
Recently I was sitting in a group of maybe 200 people who were asked if they were artists, and only four people raised their hand.
I was one of the four ‘artists’ who put their hand up. Can I paint or sculpt or dance? No, not at all. Yet I am an artist, because at the core of art is creativity.
An artist creates.
And almost everyone I have ever met is creative in someway. Sure, some paint and sculpt and dance, but most creative people, most artists I meet do nothing like that. Most create in other ways like taking home photos or cooking their favourite food. Some create by making practical things from metal or wood. Others create by raising amazing kids. Some even create using spreadsheets.
In my heart of hearts I believe we are all artists. I believe we are all created to create. And when we create, we should pause for a moment to enjoy our creation. Our Art.
You create things, therefore…
You are an artist.