Sometimes a small voice singing the most beautiful song reminds us of the myriad of creative possibilities that exist within each of us. Or, to put it another way, even a "birdbrain" can create something beautiful. The fourteenth principle in Ian Roberts' book Creative Authenticity reminds artists that "You are more than creative enough." By that, he means that ALL of us possess more than enough brain capacity for creativity. The author writes:
Own your creativity. You are a creative being by nature ... the question is not whether you are creative enough but whether you will free yourself to express the creativity that is uniquely yours.
So, being creative enough isn't the problem. Rather, it's our courage to explore and gain experience; to fight our fears about inadequacy. The point is, when it comes to our art, we fear too much. We fear that we're not creative enough, smart enough, inspired enough, skilled enough, etc. We often fear what other people think about our art and ourselves.
One of my favorite quotes is from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first Inaugural Address: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Mark Twain: Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
Bill Cosby: In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Perhaps this is the year that we'll conquer our remaining fears. I take my cue from the sparrow who has no thoughts other than to sing her song at the top of her voice without inhibition.