1. Of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.
2. in which something turns or depends; central, crucial, critical, etc.
How many books have you read which you would describe as pivotal?
I've read hundreds and hundreds of books by now, I'm sure. But only a handful I'd call pivotal.
Creativity, by Matthew Fox is one of those few pivotal books for me. It turns me upside down, inside out, and back around again, like a kid playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey... And when the bandana comes off, I'm where I should have been all along... I've read it twice this summer. Lots of new ideas for me, but at the same time it feels like a HOMECOMING. I know I will read it again.
Here's one quote from Creativity:
"It is our creativity itself that lies at the essence of our humanity. This creativity is so powerful that with it we can create or destroy. Like the Scriptures say: "I put before you life or death. Choose life." What is before us is the power of creatvity-- it is a life-and-death-power. What is also before us is choice. It is a daily choice, an everyday choice, one that arises in all our relations from parenting to grandparenting, from work worlds to educational ones, from religion to economics, business, politics, and citizenship in all its forms. It affects what we eat and what we throw away; how we live and what we choose to say no to. This is the power of creativity. "Creativity" may be the nearest one-word definition we possess for the essence of our humanity, for the true meaning of "soul."
There's a great youtube clip of Matthew Fox talking about his book. Someday, I'll figure out how to put it here ___ ! But for now you can type in, Matthew Fox "Creativity" and watch it!
My other PIVOTAL books include:
Simple Abundance Sarah Ban Breathnach
A Woman's Worth by Marianne Williamson
Beauty by John O'Donohue
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
Gotta run and do something creative today... What books have been pivotal in your life? I'd love to hear!