I recently visited an art store and purchased some paint and a small canvas. Honestly, it was a bit of an impulse purchase. I’m not even sure where the impulse originated. I guess I needed a creative outlet and was trying to connect with my inner Bob Ross. I only wish I had a fraction of his hair.
Upon returning home, I sat down and watched a YouTube video that walked me through the painting process. In all seriousness, what would we do without YouTube? After 30 minutes of following step-by-step instructions, I could proudly hold up my painting and smile at my “happy trees.”
Hopefully, my need to follow instructions to paint a mountain and trees tells you something about my artistic confidence. Creating teeth is one thing. Creating trees is another, especially with paint and a canvas.
A Therapeutic Experience
So why am I sharing this with you? Well, the experience was therapeutic. I embraced the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and into a different creative space. Although paint is not my usual medium, it reminded me of our inherent desire for the creation of something new.
My experience reminds me of this favorite quote by Deiter F. Uchtdorf that illustrates the principle.
“The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before -colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.”
We all can create something new. I believe that the concept of creation is one of the purposes of our existence. I hope that you, too, can develop a creative outlet and I look forward to hearing about it the next time you come in.
Until then, let your inspiration flow!
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Andrew Kelson, your dentist in Longmont