Starting . . . A New Year

by Trish

in Creativity Workshop

(via Ashlee Raubach)

Happy 2011! (I think I forgot to wish you all this in my Monday post.) That was an interesting day to know that my mug was so highly pronounced on my blog. Changes one’s perspective, that’s for sure. I’ve already met some really cool people from around the United States, England, Paris, and Australia through my Susannah Conway class. It is going to be a great class. Thanks for encouraging me along in this venture.

Don’t you feel the energy of possibility for this next year? I sure do. I sense an uplift in people’s spirits this New Year. Is it because we all got a fresh waft of hopefulness? Is it an overindulgence in chocolate and champagne over the holidays?

I’m glad to feel it, whatever it is.

This year was a quiet New Year’s Eve. Usually I’m driving or flying home from family and this year, it was fun to be home and to hear the boom of our neighbor’s cannon and the kids running the length of our culdesac screaming and yelling as the New Year approached.

I was reminded again that my big plans should be made smaller just so I can get through them. Instead of creating one-year goals, what about three-year goals? (Hint: spread them out a bit!)

This was my main mistake in 2010. I had huge goals and a lot of them came true, but at a great expense. That’s right (if you guessed it), the great expense was my precious creativity.

And I don’t mean a Gollum-like “My precious” type mind control. I mean letting go of your big goals in order to get your hands on the small ones. This is creativity run amok. This is creativity unleashed. I talk about this subject way too much on this blog. (I’m a broken record, I admit it.)

We human beings have got to learn to lower our expectations, lower the bar, lower the threshold, quit trying to be superhuman all the time and just live. I think the resurgence in hope for 2011 is a hope (unspoken and maybe even undreamed by some) that we can all get some down time this year, that perhaps we won’t have to work so hard like we’ve been working the past few years just to survive. Sometimes I think that’s the hardest part: not knowing how much longer it’s going to continue. This is where our creativity can help the most!

When we’re trying to be superhuman we’re running on sheer adrenaline. This is great until our bodies can’t take anymore (and can’t give anymore) and then we need to rest, we need to collapse, we need to stop. We need to learn to fold creativity into our everyday living so that we give ourselves a break. We need to quit stuffing our creativity, quit putting it up on a pedestal, quit thinking that if we work harder, suffer more, we’ll find that creativity somewhere . . . if we look hard enough.

Creativity isn’t hiding. When life is hard, it’s easy to think we shouldn’t be luxurious (and I don’t mean with products to consume, I mean time, the luxury of time) and this is a mistake. We need time now more than ever. We need creativity.

I think we also need the hope that we will get there sooner rather than later.

If today, like me, any one of you reading this blog needs that hope, I think it’s here. I think we just made it through a hard time. I think it’s going to get better. I hope so. And I share that hope with you.

Now before you accuse me of getting all mushy and stuff, a special shout out to my blog friend, Edie, on her birthday. We love you, Edie and family! We can’t wait to see how God cares for you in the days to come. (Two weeks ago, Edie and her husband and four children and two dogs escaped from their home before it burned to the ground. We are so thankful they are all safe and unharmed, but we are so sorry for their loss and hardship.)

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