Creative people envision something, then have the ability to bring it to fruition. They dream up a bouquet of flowers, envision it, then go to the task of creating it. They do this with all things. I do not envision, nor do I create. Believe me I tried when I was a young mother. I finally gave up and accepted creating was not a strength. No harm in that. The truth is the truth. I was at peace with it.
Problem solving is indeed a strength I possess, Recognizing this brings on a confidence that can't be taken away in any way. I don't brag about it, it is what it is. Just like recognizing creativity eludes me, is what it is.
My children are creative. It's a genetic pass down from their dad's side of the family. They have the best of both of us - creative and pragmatic.
Let me explain what I mean when I refer to problem solving by using a couple of examples.
In the past: When the children were small there was quite a bit of chronic illness in our home. (Two members at the same time.) I worked three jobs, but it wasn't always enough money to go around. I knew if the cupboards were bare, the kids would feel they were poor. So what I did was fill the frig with good snacks such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, and apple slices. The fridge was full and for all they knew there was nothing they 'wanted'. I did the same thing with the cupboards. I left quite a few cereal boxes that were close to empty to make it appear as if the cupboards were full, but the reality was quite different. Problem solved. The children thought there was plenty of food, only I knew the reality.
In the present: Currently the Christmas presents are getting wrapped. I ran out of tags. But, I do know how kids notice if someone has a tag and they don't. Their little spirits get dinged. So I have two types of Santa wraps. I cut out a Santa from one wrap and used it as a tag on the package wrapped in the other Santa paper. Problem solved.
|I used a brown Santa as a name tag on the paper with the red and white |
Santa. The grand will never know this tag is any different than
most of the others.