Creativity: People want to see what you do, not what you did

This old computer (pictured above) is a PowerMac G4 made by Apple Computer Company in the late 1990s. An employee of Apple at the time sold me it used from his personal collection. When I first bought it, it performed as my music and administrative hub in the home, running apps for audio recording, music scoring, and financial bookkeeping. As of yesterday, it was still in use. It’s last function was serving the internet to an ancient PC my daughter’s online school assigned.

I will easily forget this machine as soon as I recycle it. Why? There will be a new MacBook Pro my daughter begins using today. I worked on one of these new MacBooks with Retina display the other day as part of a job interview. I see what Apple is doing today, literally. My eyes could read small print once again! What they did in the past was surely innovative for its time. But, what we all see is what Apple is doing, today.

All the old songs I’ve written, and all of the archived articles I have posted are fine work. Well, most of them are. A creative cannot rest in his or her past. It is what we do today that people see. While we pave our path for better or worse with our former efforts, we live in the context of today and influence with relevancy more than history. My latest music should be composed better, anyway. And, what I create is in relationship to the audience before me.

I fear our sentiment for what we create is like bad parenting. Do we simply look at old photos of our kids, or do we acknowledge who they are becoming right before our eyes? In plain sight breathes the child I am rearing. Our creative work is no different. Only aging rockstars with aging fans are allowed such treatment. The rest of us have to keep creating.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

10 comments

  1. Great post, I agree its important to focus on the here and now.It’s hard though because once you create something really good you want it to last for a long time and usually it doesn’t

  2. Great post, I agree its important to focus on the here and now.It’s hard though because once you create something really good you want it to last for a long time and usually it doesn’t

  3. Great post, I agree its important to focus on the here and now.It’s hard though because once you create something really good you want it to last for a long time and usually it doesn’t

  4. Great post, I agree its important to focus on the here and now.It’s hard though because once you create something really good you want it to last for a long time and usually it doesn’t

  5. Great post, I agree its important to focus on the here and now.It’s hard though because once you create something really good you want it to last for a long time and usually it doesn’t

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