My “To Make” list is as long as my arm and just keeps growing, and while I thought that when summer rolled around I’d be able to sit down to a bit more sewing and knitting, quite the opposite has been true, as with the warmer weather we find ourselves rarely indoors, too busy tending flowers and herbs, strolling through the neighborhood, playing at the park. It’s frustrating to have so many ideas in my head that I can’t bring into reality.
But right now, I’m trying to focus my creativity on tasks that don’t necessarily produce something I can hold in my hands in the end. Serendipitously, I ran across some wise words from two of my favorite bloggers, just I needed them most. First of all, I’ve been re-reading The Creative Family and this struck a chord with me: “Creativity goes deeper than the ‘art’ sense of the word; it encompasses a whole way of living and being. Gratitude, and recognizing gratitude, can have a powerful effect on our whole lives. When we feel grateful, we feel full — full of love, full of inspiration, full of ideas, and full of creative spirit.”
And then I read this wonderful post by Meg at Sew Liberated, which says in part: ” I really believe I must embrace the concept of creativity beyond simply making things… I give [my son] the gift of my creative thought as I plan our days, as I cook a meal. I use my creativity to redirect him when he feels frustrated. I use my creativity when I spontaneously burst into song or a silly dance… Just re-route your creativity to living, rather than making.” Many thanks to these articulate ladies, and to all the rest of you bloggers as well, who are constantly inspiring me and offering support and wise words. It’s amazing how often I stumble upon words that I didn’t even know I needed, just when I needed them most.
All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been. Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now. Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post!