The Mirror of Creativity
Although Alexander Papaderos was not the kindergarten teacher of Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Fulghum tells the story Papaderos shared with him at a two week seminar on Greek Culture that illustrates the mirror of creativity.
Papaderos pulled a small circular mirror from his pocket when asked by one of the seminar attendees, “what is the meaning of life?”
He proceeded to explain that when he was a small boy during the war, he had happened upon the pieces of broken mirror from a German motorcycle that had wrecked along the road.
“I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.
“I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game.
Metaphor for Life
“As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child’s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light truth, understanding, knowledge is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.
“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world into the black places in the hearts of men and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of life.”
*Excerpted from Sermon Central
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Creativity is a means with which we too can shine our light in dark places and give more meaning to life. In fact, we can use creativity just as Papaderos did to take a fragment of pain, or unfortunate situation and use it to illuminate our world.