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Creativity Despite Constraints

19 Jan 2018, Posted by silentimages in Blog
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One of my favorite things to do is look in our nearly-empty fridge and pantry for meal ideas.

The goal is to see if I can think of some way to use the limited amount of resources and still cook up a delicious meal.

I admit that I usually have to stand in front of both my fridge and pantry several times before I make any culinary breakthroughs, but once I figure out what I’m going to cook up, it gives me a sense of pride. I feel accomplished when I’m able to make something delicious from the most unlikely of ingredients.

When I travel, I always try to learn something new. While I was in Brazil, I tried a cashew fruit for the first time. I also learned that knowing Spanish is helpful, but it isn’t as similar to Portuguese as I thought prior to my trip!

While I was there, I spent my time at the Ammi Training Center. At the Center they teach indigenous Brazilians how to speak Portuguese; help teach vocational skills like carpentry, mechanics, cooking, and horticulture; and they also teach them about the Bible and how to share the Gospel.

One thing that really struck me was the Center’s resourcefulness. When I was there, I was able to observe a graduation ceremony as well as a baptism. It was specifically at these two events where the resourcefulness of the staff and students of the Center really shined.

For these events, the students and staff went out into the thick vegetation of the area and found bamboo, the largest palm leaves I’ve ever seen in my life, flowers, and all sorts of other greenery. They used their artistry and decorated both the graduation and baptism areas in a way that was really quite beautiful.

This is not me recommending going out to a local public park and cutting down trees or other foliage to decorate your home or birthday parties by any means. Instead, these observations of mine serve as an opportunity for us to learn something.

I now try to see any limitations I encounter as an opportunity to rethink what is around me to find creative solutions.

Sometimes we hit road blocks with our creativity thinking, “If I only had this or that, then I could really be creative.” I’ve found that creativity, instead, is being willing to see what is around you in a different way than anyone else is. I think it is re-imagining ordinary pantry items into something completely different because you’ve accepted the limitations of a given situation.

So, next time you encounter limitations, how are you going to reimagine what is possible with what is around you, and make something beautiful (or even delicious)?

-Tim

Video coming soon. Learn more about Ammi Training Center here.

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