My issues with perfectionism can often sidetrack my creative side. Why create something if my expectations of what I desire it to be might possibly be unmet? I have thought of that often as I try to make excuses not to create and the truth that I continue to run into is this: It is in creativity that my soul is fed and I am connected with my Creator. It is in creating that I don't just touch paint or paper or yarn or food but that I touch God. And, it is in creating that I enter a place of conversation with God in a way that cannot be expressed through words or traditional prayer.
There are times that I find it hard to start creating something new. In this struggle I have found that the important task is not in what I create but that I do. I must start somewhere. It might be as simple as opening my journal and jotting down a few lines or sketching a handful of shells I found on the beach. It doesn't matter what it is or the size of the project. I just need to start.
The outcome of creative practice is not always a beautiful one, nor is it something others will always appreciate or understand but it is sacred. My prayer is that you and I might be brave with our creative practice, let go of our own fears and expectations and take the time to create something every day for our very souls.