One of my mother’s favorite movies is Shrek. She loves one scene in particular, in which Shrek is explaining to Donkey about the emotional depth of Ogres. The scene goes something like this:
Shrek: “Ogres are like onions…”
Donkey: “They stink?”
Donkey: “You mean they make people cry?”
Donkey: “You leave ‘em outside and they turn brown, start sprouting little white hairs?” Shrek: “NO!!! They have layers! Onions have layers; ogres have layers”
Donkey: “Ooohh...you both have layers!”
What do Ogres, onions, and layers have to do with creativity? Creative people are like Ogres (or is it onions?): we have layers. God, the endless Creator, created us with layer upon layer of creative potential. Creativity is in endless supply because it’s layered into the very fiber of our creative souls. Though we may look like humble onions on the outside, inside lie depths of creative ideas, skills, expressions, and innovations just waiting to be discovered.
Like onions, however, you can’t get to the goodness inside if you’re afraid to peel back the layers. What if we stink? What if the process makes us cry? Worse still, what if there are no layers to be found? Well, it’s possible that peeling back your creative layers could be a little stinky (new creative pursuits usually are), and it might even hurt a little. It is impossible, however, to run out of layers. Remember, God has an endless supply of creativity available, and made your beautiful, multi-layered creative heart from that source. Every layer you peel back will always reveal another layer to discover.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let a stinky beginning or a few tears keep you from plumbing your creative depths. There are endless layers of creative potential awaiting you, so peel them back and start creating!
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!