Have you ever driven up to an intersection and stopped for a green light? You know by the reaction of the drivers behind you how the world views the creative process.

Somehow it is the lot of the dreamer, of the visionary, to get in the way of the steady stream of progress. Their usual reception from the public is one of complete impatience. Like the drivers at the intersection, the response is to blow the horn and to be as rude as possible.

Rather than taking the opportunity to ask, “Where is all this mad rush going?” Our attitude is “Creativity is all very well if it doesn’t inconvenience me.”

It is the lot of the dreamer and visionary to be seized with an idea or picture so compelling that it blots out the “reality” around them. It is this vision that compels their actions, that drives them forward. It has always been this vision that has produced the great works of art and the great music.

Welcome to the world of creativity.

Ellis Hein

About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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