Saturday, September 8, 2012
This is a busy time of year - and will only escalate until the end of the year. Getting kids back to school, resuming our usual schedules that might have been broken over the summer, preparing for upcoming holidays - the demands seem endless. And with the cooler weather we have the energy to keep up with all this externally driven busyness.
Do you notice a drop in your creativity level? When I have times that are not filled every moment, I'm surprised by what comes out of me. When I go on vacation, I find myself drawn to doing types of painting that I don't usually do. If I take a retreat during the year, a whole other set of ideas come bubbling out, as if I've just released a top on a selzer bottle that was shaken.
When I'm constantly busy, running from my babysitting, to meetings, to preparing lessons, to keeping up with online tasks, to various community involvements, I find that I'm only capable of putting out some small familiar work. It doesn't feel very original or exciting. It may be "nice" enough, but it isn't coming from a place of depth.
I talked a little about this a few weeks ago, using a quote from Brenda Ueland. But I bring the topic up again, because I think it is so important at this time of year to try to preserve little oases of quiet for ourselves. Getting busy can become habit, where we use adrenaline like a drug. I'll probably bring it up again, little reminders for myself and maybe others so we can sustain our best creative lives.