In Others’ Words: Insight

Angel in marble quote Michelangelo 11.15.13

Creativity takes a certain kind of insight.

Insight that sees beyond the blocks of marble — or snow — and recognizes the angels or warriors waiting to be revealed. Warrior snow sculpture rsz

Insight that looks beyond the blank pages and imagines the stories waiting to be told … with words that become sentences … that become paragraphs … that become chapters … that become Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After.

Creativity demands vision that sees more than

A what if becomes a startling, unexpected and beautiful reality … because someone looked beyond what was and saw what could be.

In Your Words: When have you looked … and seen more than what others saw? 

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Click to Tweet

Creativity & the vision of “more than.” Click to Tweet

Looking Beyond What Is and Seeing What Could Be Click to Tweet

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12 Comments

  1. November 15, 2013, 6:09 am   /  Reply

    My first novel was ‘born’ after I’d driven by the same roadside memorial cross about a hundred times. I wondered what the story was. Since I was too lazy to research it, I decided to write my own version instead.

  2. November 15, 2013, 6:24 am   /  Reply

    I think when we see “more than” it’s a nudge from God. Either to “see” something creative and bring it out or to see a need and do something about it.

    • November 15, 2013, 10:41 am   /  Reply

      Indeed, Patricia. Indeed.

  3. November 15, 2013, 7:46 am   /  Reply

    I love this post, Beth. The idea of a what if becoming a beautiful reality. Isn’t that what God does in each of us? Pondering this.

    • November 15, 2013, 10:41 am   /  Reply

      Yes, Jeanne! Yes!

  4. November 15, 2013, 9:33 am   /  Reply

    That is one of my all-time favorite quotes, Beth. It just speaks of hope. Hope that there’s more than meets the eye in each of us. A beauty hidden deep within. It’s nice when other people see it, but the real peace comes in trusting that God does. And over time, He works to make His beauty on our inside reflect His beauty on the outside.

    • November 15, 2013, 10:42 am   /  Reply

      I love the hoped hidden inside this quote too, Donna … and how we can reflect the image of our Creator-God as we create beauty.

  5. November 15, 2013, 10:20 am   /  Reply

    I love this quote, & somehow missed your Wens. post so commenting now as it connects. I knew I could write poetry, but was sure I could not write articles. Therefore, I didn’t even try. Until a friend said she was sure I could easily learn–but she was sure she couldn’t write poetry. I said I could teach anyone to write poetry. We swapped skills and worked on each other–happily successful in both cases. The biggest thing that keeps us from new experiences and progress is not trying.

    • November 15, 2013, 10:43 am   /  Reply

      And sometimes what keeps us from trying is fear … but oh, how that fear disappears when someone else comes alongside us and says, “I’ll help you.”

  6. November 17, 2013, 9:49 pm   /  Reply

    Love and tweeting the quote, Beth. Perfect with the snow sculpture. I think I see more in both my kids than they can possibly imagine, which is a good earthly representation of how God sees us, I’m sure. Thank you for this reminder.

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