This summer was not as we planned
Peter’s heart-breaking anxiety over his injections
Lucy coming down with strep, pneumonia and walking pneumonia at the same time
Me processing my unexpected, physically challenging yet amazing trip to Africa
My own creativity was drowned out…
without my noticing
I am reading Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
Great title…don’t you think?
The idea behind the title caught my eye and heart
Being present in the moment is tough
The urgency can crowd it out
My to do list can be louder than the call to be
present, quiet, rest, and create
I have ideas in my head about all of these topics
First of all, Peter’s anxiety is gone
He is rocking his shots
He is back to his funny, goofy, active self
Lucy is healthy
She is free to take on the world in her 9-year-old fashion
I am working on being present
One day I’ll share about my 8 minutes of pure quiet
Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Pure quiet with God rocks
In this book, Alexandra writes the following:
“We were made to create! It is in us, so when we don’t
allow that part of us to flourish, we wither.”
This hit my heart…deep within my heart
My creative self has been withering in my pursuit of goals, deadlines,
smooth mornings before school, being present with my family, etc.
All of these are very important and very good…but…
when we the last time I was creative for creativity’s sake?
Like writing these words right now?
How about you?
Peter often gets carried away with his 3-D origami
Lucy is often found with pen and paper in hand
ready to draw or create a story
How did I not see that my creative outlets were clogged?
When was the last time I made time to write?
Writing is one of my favorite gifts from God and yet
it’s been ages since I have carved out time to write
I did not enter into these moments on our back deck today
with a goal for this “blog”
Hmmm…if I think about it, what would be the goal?
It’s not to impress
It’s not to convict
Now that I think about it, I’d like to let my creative juices flow,
share my heart and encourage your own creativity
What inspires you?
What gifts have you been given in the realm of creativity?
May we all simply enjoy our creative gifts
May we all try not to evaluate our creativity
May we all not expect to live up to a certain standard
We don’t have to be a famous author, painter, inventor or singer to create
May we just set some time aside to
let our creativity flow
We were created in the image of the ultimate Creator
We were made to create
As I sit in my backyard next to Tim,
with Peter, Lucy and friends playing wiffle ball,
I think of the women we serve through Hope for Our Sisters
Their sheer joy at creating bags, hats, etc.
This organic growth is such a gift for our sisters
However, it is now requiring planning, structure and organization
May our efforts to support this new program not drown out
the real beauty behind it
The sheer creativity
The discovery of potential
The joy of learning what can be accomplished
Have you set time aside to discover your potential?
Have you set time aside to be creative?
In this book the author challenges herself to write for fun (she’s an author)
and to do something creative each day
I have not read the full chapter yet
The idea of daily creativity actually seems too big at this moment
but I want to try it
I’ll give it my best shot
I am sure I will find fun and simple ways to
tap into my creativity
I will do this because I believe those I love, serve, and enjoy will benefit
I also know and believe that I will benefit
Maybe I will benefit most of all
We were made to create
How will you create today?
© 2017 by Brooke F Sulahian