June 27

Creative Is a Verb…Get Present

Posted by lori . 8 Comments


This week’s reading from Creative Is a Verb by Patti Digh covers the third creative commitment, Get Present: Show Up Like Magic.  The sections within the chapter are:  (1) Always take the train, (2) Swing slow big arcs, (3) Carve a Chinese chop, (4) Sit still with Slumpy, (5) Find Miss Florence Painter, and (6) Blow bubbles every day.

Patti talks about slowing down, relaxing into the rhythm of your life, and looking at opportunities for stillness.  She asks us to consider what “gifts” we need to offer others.  She encourages us to follow threads, ask questions and be curious.  And ultimately, what do we love the most and what do we need to release.

A quote in the reading stuck out to me…”We had the experience, but we missed the meaning.” – T. S. Eliot.  How often have I a done this?  Often.  In the last 10 years, I have slowed the pace of my life significantly and it has made a big difference in how I think about people and events.  But the process is ongoing.  There are so many opportunities to do things, that our calendars tend to fill up.  I’ve often been stressed because I have too many wonderful events and opportunities on my schedule.  For me, the question comes down to what I love the most and what I need to release at this point in time.  It’s not necessarily a question you answer once, but rather a question that should be asked whenever you consistently feel an uncomfortable tension in your life and your schedule.  There are things in my life that are important now that didn’t exist a year ago and of course, things pass from of our lives.

My pictures this week are of two precious things that have passed from my life…a period of life, my daughter’s childhood and a special pet, my sweet Paloma who was only with us six months.  They were special while I had them and there is more opportunity ahead.

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8 Responses to " Creative Is a Verb…Get Present"

  • houndstooth says:

    Paloma was beautiful! Six months is a short time. Do you mind my asking what happened?

    The more I get involved in creatives processes, the more I realize that you do have to take time and enjoy stillness. That’s when those sparks will come to you! It never happens well for me if I try to rush it.

    • lori says:

      I’m going to write about Paloma on Wednesday. Thank you for asking. I have a great deal of guilt over putting Paloma down, but I think I need to write about her and accept that we made the decision we did. Sorry to make you wait. I truly appreciate you prompting me.

  • mayziegal says:

    Gosh! Miss Paloma was a brindle beauty. I’m sorry she wasn’t with you longer but I’m glad she was with you.

    I’m just wondering if that Patti-lady is actually a dog. Cuz all the stuff she tells humans to do are things that us dogs are already really good at!

    Wiggles & Wags,

    • lori says:

      Thank you, Mayzie. Paloma was my love. I’m going to write more about her on Wednesday.

      You are absolutely right about Patti. Mayzie, I think YOU should write a book!

  • Amy says:

    Lori – the longer you do this blog the more I see of the dear person you are coming through. Your posts are reflective and heart felt and honest.

    Paloma knew you adored her without a doubt. The warmth in your voices when you and Henry talk about her is unmistakeable. I believe she still feels it.

    I am in the same reflective stage and although we see each other often your daily thoughts are something I look forward to. My daily dose 🙂

  • Michelle Brown says:

    Is that a pic of you and Olivia?

    • lori says:

      It is! It was taken in 1990. Did the blue bath towels laid across the bed fool you into thinking the picture was taken professionally at Olan Mills?

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