The Virtue of Fertility does not only apply to the obvious form of fertility – the creation of new life. It also applies to the ability to sow the seeds of new ideas into the minds of others and watch while that idea grows into something unexpected.
While the final results of his actions are potentially disastrous, one of my favorite and a rather unconventional example of this particular form of fertility is the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Poor Jack, the charismatic leader of Halloweentown, is bored. Nothing has changed in their annual celebrations in years. Nothing new or exciting has been invented or discovered to frighten or scare their customers – or ‘victims’. Regretting this, Jack wanders into a new town full of bright lights, love and joy –no monsters or ghouls – and this overwhelms his mind. While trying to understand everything he saw, his overly active imagination begins to work out how to incorporate some of the activities of this new holiday, eventually deciding that he could make it better by improving it!
While he made big mistakes in his execution and nearly destroyed his stolen holiday, all of his efforts spark new ideas that will improve his own holiday.
And I just can't wait until next Halloween
'Cause I've got some new ideas that will really make them scream!
And, by God, I'm really gonna give it all my might!
Uh oh, I hope there's still time to set things right.
In the Dedicant’s Handbook, Perseverance is defined as “Bounty of mind, body and spirit, involving creativity, production of objects, food, works of art, etc., an appreciation of the physical, sensual, nurturing.” I would alter it ever so slightly “Bounty of mind, body and spirit that involves the joy of creativity: the production of objects, be it food, art, etc, with an appreciation of all the levels – physical, sensual, and nurturing – of all possible forms of creativity.”