Scarcity breeds Creativity
After losing my luggage last week and dealing with the inconveniences of not having all of my stuff, I realized how going without some things actually forces me to think differently, to think creatively.
No make-up… hmmm… I scrounged up some powder and an old eye liner and a different shade of lip gloss. Guess that will do. Maybe I could start a new ‘no mascara’ look.
No flat iron… well… I have hot rollers so I guess we’re going curly. A new look that I haven’t been motivated enough to experiment with but got several compliments about (maybe they just felt sorry for me).
But in spite of all these trivial things, it got me thinking…
Oftentimes scarcity breeds creativity. Think about it.
- As a little girl all I needed was a pair of mom’s high heels and a hair brush to be a superstar pop singer
- When the pantry is sparse, I often come up with the most creative meals
- No flat iron, go curly
What I’ve observed is that this often happens in businesses, organizations and churches too. I think sometimes we are tempted to think that once we have this amount of money or that facility or those employees we’ll be able to realize the big dreams.
However, more often the most creative ideas come from those with who don’t have access to endless resources. They are not relying on the big systems, budgets and technology to do great things. Because of the lack of these resources, they are forced to think differently to accomplish their dreams.
I absolutely love this principle!
It reminds me to not get complacent with what’s comfortable.