Piercing the Mundane to Find the Marvelous

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“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers

Iโ€™m quite fond of this quote from American journalist Bill Moyers. No matter how mundane something may at first appear, a truly creative effort can find a way to make it not only interesting, but “marvelous!” So, how does someone do this?

Comedians, in particular, are masters of turning the mundane inside-out and upside-down. Comedian George Carlin often talked about bringing up things that you “forgot to laugh at the first time.” In a day and age where content is king, queen, prince, princess, top dog, et cetera, et cetera, you constantly need to find ways to transform the mundane into something memorable. Even if you’re selling something like drywall, you have to find some way to market it effectively.

Creativity can never be over-appreciated, and honestly, itโ€™s most often under-appreciated. Anyone who can make something “boring” into something entertaining and thought-provoking should be lavishly praised. Sure, creativity can often produce some odd-ball concepts and brilliant moments of absurdity. But, these are often the efforts that bear the best fruit eventually. It’s often the thing that you expect to do well the least that ends up doing the most work for you in the long run.

So, even if you think what you have to write about, or say, or sell, is boring, don’t worry. There’s someone out there who can turn the most mundane topic, product, or service into something memorably marvelous. Chances are, you yourself have more ideas on how to do just that than you think!

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

6 thoughts on “Piercing the Mundane to Find the Marvelous

  1. Yes! Omydays, I love this. Creativity is most of the time under-appreciated and I think it may have something to do with money? At least in my culture, they don’t see creativity as something of value because they themselves won’t pay for it?

    1. You bring up a great point, AJ, that some people only consider something “creative” if it’s something that makes money. Of course, money is only one way to create value. It would be nice for more people to understand that ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is exactly why I love comedians – they take the every day and make it entertaining. George Carlin is a great example, but James Acaster (British comedian) is also such an odd ball and I love listening to him.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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