We’ve been spending the new year focusing on creativity, being creative and finding the time to do it. This is a re-post from Lucy the Valiant that we thought spoke beautifully on all these points.
Sometimes I feel as if my mind…or maybe my heart? Possibly my spirit…somewhere in there, anyway, is just teeming with energy and ideas and innovations and creativity. Crafting and writing and cooking and blogging and nesting and mothering and teaching and beautifying and simplifying… I can’t seem to stop thinking up more for myself to do. And I enjoy it, which is funny to me because when you look at it objectively, there should be NO time for all these Projects of mine. None. Why on earth would I want to add MORE?
Sometimes I DO get overwhelmed.
But if I try to curb those creative impulses, life seems suddenly dreary. I have more time to relax, but I don’t feel rested. I feel unsatisfied, incomplete. My husband has always observed that I don’t know HOW to relax and just do nothing, and he’s right. Just doing nothing is very rarely relaxing for me. It’s creativity that relaxes me. When my hands are busy, my spirit is at rest.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, bemused at myself for constantly adding more things to an already ridiculous to-do list. And I’ve been thinking, it isn’t just me. You do it to. You, my blogging, Pinning, writing, cooking, homemaking, mothering, wife-ing, nail-painting, crafting, reading (and if you think reading isn’t an act of creation, you aren’t doing it right), photographing, soul-diving ladies. Us. We constantly create in a thousand small, barely-noticed ways. Mostly feminine ways, it seems like, and that makes sense. We are constructed to create life (or at least, to seriously facilitate the process) and we don’t just do that on the large scale. Thousands of tiny acts of creation, tiny little births that might seem insignificant, but they still matter because they make life that much more lovely.
I don’t think it’s trivial, and I don’t think it’s busywork. I’m pretty sure that even the smallest act of creation is vitally necessary.
This has probably been better said before, I am sure, it’s just what’s been drifting around the edges of my mind lately. Now I have to run and CREATE breakfast, at task at which I am running very, very late
Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.
Use them as you will.
Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture
The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.
There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.
We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.
Live. Love. Create.
Have you written about creativity? Do you want to guest post for us on the subject? Just email Melissa at PBinmyHair (at) gmail (dot) com