This question hadn't even entered my mind yet until my friend leaned over and whispered it in my ear. We were sitting in the back row waiting for Gungor to go on, listening to the man make general introductions, when he said something to the effect of, "a great place for creative people..." and I trailed off not really paying attention. But when Matt leaned over and asked me, "What's the opposite of a creative person?" I was intrigued. I mean, of course it's easy to lump people into groups like we so casually do. Our brains like to compartmentalize everything. We live in a "bite-size" society where everything we consume is in nice little digestible chunks. I think it has something to do with all that damn Halloween candy.
BUT WE ARE PEOPLE!
You can't put a person, or a group of people, in a box. NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER! You see, Patrick Swayze had it right all along. Every one of us has a uniqueness that makes us at once exactly the same and yet totally different. But when we focus on trying to squeeze this group or that group of people in a box and put a label on them we are only doing a disservice to ourselves. Even greater, as if our identity depended on a particular label in the first place. It's immature to think that what we do defines us and places us in a bracket with these other people doing similar things and by which should be the only other people we associate with. Rubbish, my friends.
YOU ARE CREATIVE!
Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. No matter if you're a doctor, lawyer, trash collector, tax collector or government-grade button pusher – you have every right to be creative as I do. Sometimes it's not so much what we're doing that hinders us, but what we're not doing. The limitations we place on ourselves, by ourselves, often obstructs what we ourselves can do. So then the question, What's the opposite of a creative person, really isn't a questions any more after we recognize that in all things we can be creative. I'll leave you with more weighty words than my own:
"Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all."
- Colossians 3:11