Creativity

Creativity is something that I am very thankful for wherever I find it. Creative outlets help us release stress in a positive way and cope with situations. They can also entertain us, as well as others. It is validating when others appreciate our creativity.
Just as each person is unique, creativity is a uniquely personal thing. You can learn a craft, and get quite good at it. You can practice and know your chosen art, but creativity takes it to a different dimension. I believe that creativity is a God-given gift. You cannot learn creativity.  
Bill is an extremely talented guitar player. He has played for fifty-five years. He plays mostly lead guitar, on both six and twelve string guitars. While he has studied, practiced, and knows the guitar in depth, he is also incredibly creative.
Other guitar players that I love for their creativity are B. B. King, George Thorogood, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and Carlos Santana. These are some of my very favourite guitarists, because of their genuine creativity.
In addition to music, I admire and respect creative artists in other forms, too. Some of my favourite creative artists are Peter Max, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Van Gogh, Hargrove, Robert Redbird, and numerous others. When art speaks to me, I listen. I want to know more about the art and artist.
In fact, many of my blogger friends are creative energies. Some have flair in making crafts. Some have a creative eye for photography. Some of my creative friends can turn photos into art. Some creative spirits can draw, or paint with canvas and different mediums. I appreciate it all and am inspired. I am thankful for the sharing of creativity.

Me? I do not play an instrument. I cannot sing. I cannot create things from yarn or paper. I cannot draw or paint. I capture moments; I am not a photographer. However, I am a creative thinker. I write down what is in my mind and heart. I am very thankful to be able to do that.

Day Twenty-Five of my Giving Thanks series

Thankful for Bill

I cannot imagine this journey through Life without Bill by my side. There are so many reasons that I am thankful for him and to him. Bill is one of my greatest blessings. 
Long before we married, we became friends. I respected his intelligence and admired his sense of fairness. He has always had a strong work ethic and been a reliable provider. Bill’s morals and values mirror my own. These are some of the important things that make me thankful for Bill.
There are other, perhaps simpler reasons that make me thankful for Bill, too. He loves animals and genuinely cares about their well-being. He is my partner in animal rescue, both domestic and wild. He is actively concerned about the environment, too. I am grateful for Bill’s tender heart and sincere actions.
Bill’s support of my writing and interests is something that initially bonded us. I am very thankful for that. But, I am also thankful that he shares his own musical talents and activities, too. We usually share the same interests, but we respect and support each other no matter what.
We have seen much joy but also felt deep heartaches over the past four decades. Good or bad, whatever happened, we always experienced it together. So much of life is fleeting; and, storms never last. In the end, when all is said and done, it is love that truly matters. I am eternally grateful for Bill, his love, and all that he embodies. 




Day Two of my Giving Thanks series.

Dad-Time

Clyde & Bonnie have had more time with Dad lately.

Dad is interesting and different than Mom.

Both minions are amazed by Dad.
 Bonnie gets sleepy and cuddles into Dad’s blankets.

Clyde tends to be silly and more playful.

After a while, it fades into sleepy-time for everyone.

Goodnight, Peeples!