Fast-forward to today, while I was out with my kids and picked up a book on how to draw horses, and through careful instruction and trial and error, I was able to sit down and draw this horse. This and other recent experiences with art got me thinking about how nutty it was for me to think that I couldn't do these things. I guess I told myself that some people are born with certain talents and I just am not, but I know now that this is not exactly true.
People who are good at art aren't necessary born that way...a great deal of work went in to learning how to do that, and that's what I try to teach my children as well. If we see a great painting or sculpture or impressive drawing, I say, "Wow, that person must've worked really hard to learn how to do that and then took time to create something so amazing...it didn't just happen. It took desire, work, and practice."
I also noticed while drawing that if I didn't draw the line correctly the first time, I needed to erase it and try again and again until I molded it into the picture I wanted to create. Our lives and our testimonies are a lot like this process.
Being creative with my kids this summer has brought me a lot of happiness and more insight into who I am, and who God is, and how he works.
In what ways can you be more creative in your daily life? Perhaps, you could start by reviewing your day and writing down ways you've created something that wasn't there before! I love President Uchtdorf's suggestion that even inspiring a smile that wasn't there before is a way we can all be creative in this world!