On Creating


“Nature does not give to those who will not spend; her gifts are loaned to those who will use them.”
—Raymond John Baughan, Undiscovered Country, 1946

I constantly have to create. Not art, I don’t paint, draw or take photos. But I constantly have to create something. Be it new pieces of writing for this website, articles for other websites, intercultural training concepts, or a crocheted glove (yes, I do crochet from time to time). Some might call it an obsession.

I call it “returning favors”.

The world only works because we have people who are willing to create. People who are willing to provide value. We all take a lot. It’s easy to find information, to read books, to look at paintings. But many people forget to return the favor and produce value themselves; even if that value lies in making the information easier to digest.

I believe in striving for balance in everything we do. If I’ve taken X amount of value from the world and applied it to my life, I better make sure the world is getting X+1 from me in return.

Interestingly enough, the best things always come to those who give the most. If we look at the richest people in the world, what we will see are people who are constantly striving to create more value and give more to the world. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

And I would be willing to bet that just about every single one of them would still be creating just as much even if they didn’t get any monetary return. The work becomes its own reward. The value of creating is in seeing our creation spring to life and in knowing that we were the ones who rolled up ours sleeves, got our hands dirty and produced something. Something worthwhile.

I’ll allow the same text that opened the article close it.

“It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things, but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.”
—Raymond John Baughan, Undiscovered Country, 1946

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