We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is:
What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic?
For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but it is important that they both exist side by side in my journey with my creativity.
We live in a culture of complaining.
A culture where the answer to the standard greeting “how are you?”, is “busy” or “stressed”. Or we use it as a way to list all our problems as we detail just how complicated and hard and complex our life is.
I was struck by a line in this Audrey Assad song the other day, and I just can’t shake it:
and the foxes in the vineyard will not steal my joy
What is stealing your joy?
It has been a hard week. I am struggling with my daughters living life at a full on speed, with little or no thought for the rules, or volume, or the pause button.
I have found myself impatiently requesting them to be more patient. Or yelling at them to be quieter. Or hustling them out of the house whilst telling them they need to be careful to slow down. Yes, it has been that sort of week.
So it is the perfect sort of week to start a new posting idea!
I have a friend who works with women at risk. Her job is important and valuable, she is literally at the front line with women in dangerous situations.
I have a friend who is a teacher, she is educating the next generation, sowing into them and helping them grow into the men and women of tomorrow.
I have a friend who is a pastor, and as a part of her job she is involved in visiting those who are unwell and in need, in our community.
And then there is me, I am a just a mother.
See what I did there. I just made what I do less important, than all my friends.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
Happy New Year!
A new year, a new start, a new word for the year. But before that a little bit more reflection on what living lighter actually meant for me last year.
I met with some friends a few weeks ago and we all talked about our challenges for this Christmas season. From that discussion I wrote down three words … home, presence, joy.