A month or so ago I asked readers if they’d started down the road toward incorporating more creativity into their life? I posed the question perhaps because I could honestly say absolutely YES to a creative week ahead. Here is what it looked like:
- Helping put together the slide presentation for the weekly contemporary service at the local UMC church.
- A place on the roster for “Let’s Talk Fabric” at a Bears Paw Fabric store.
- Blog writing time for two “creative types.”
- A place at the table for a lesson on patched pieces and stitching them together.
- Draft writing a presentation on “Words Do Matter.”
- Attending a fine art studio school spring exhibition.
- An musical recital for a young man earning his degree in Performance Music (specifically church organ music)
- Volunteering at an Annual Garden Festival.
In the pursuit of happiness, psychologists and “organizational change gurus” suggest envisioning what an ideal life would look like then working toward achieving it. “Design a life you don’t need a vacation from,” they say.
Well, alrighty then, there you have it – a garden full of seeds of interests that had been planted throughout my life have taken a stronghold and have become even more valued. Spirituality, fiber arts, helping others, gardening, were all compacted into one week that was about fulfilling as it gets!
May I please make a confession? I subscribe to the concept of designing a life you don’t need a vacation from except for the fact that it is good to get away and gain a fresh, new perspective.
In my opinion Mark Twain had a valid point when he said “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain