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.