In our pragmatic culture we usually see art as optional. We drill this into kids from an early age. We tell them to be practical and belittle their dreams because we can’t imagine how they’ll make any money pursuing them.
But the truth is, art is indispensable. Art gives us meaning. There are things that cannot be understood with pure reason—like love and beauty, to name two. Art helps us understand our world.
The Darnell clan is comprised of several creative types. We are instrumentalists, songwriters, filmmakers, cartoonists, florists… And because I grew up with art as a way of life, it is very easy to take creativity for granted.
Besides its ability to entertain, art educates, renews our minds, and often sparks creativity of our own in ways we couldn’t account for. Art has a way of making life more interesting and work more fulfilling.
Michael’s recommendations would be very appropriate for someone like my wife: someone who indirectly benefits from intentionally engaging art. Michael’s suggestions:
- Cultivate a taste for beauty.
- Set art-related goals.
- Revisit your childhood hobbies or interests.
- Cook, garden, and build stuff.
- Make some of your own.
Art fuels our imagination. If you can exercise it like a muscle, you will find susprisingly rich ways to see the world and your work from a fresh perspective. ∞