"Beauty always delights
the senses and the spirit"
- Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to be Yourself -
Sometimes you step back and realize that you're in a bit of a funk . . . that you've let the moodiness and backbiting of the people around you get you down . . . that the grind of the daily routine has had a mind-numbing effect . . . that your own creative expectations and aspirations set you up for failure and immobility . . . that you just don't feel like yourself.
Then you pick up a book that's been sitting on your shelf for who knows how long, and take a glance . . . and read a little more, and a little more. And while it says nothing necessarily earth-shattering, it reminds you to focus on the simple and wholesome things, to dream and fantasize, to play, and to relish the creative choices you make everyday that reveal yourself. What a great and much-needed reminder !!
I'm realizing how easy it is to become trapped in the day-to-day rut, doing the same things in the same way everyday . . . not because they feed your soul, but because you're on autopilot. And with some small reminders along the way, I'm re-realizing how little choices and changes can have big impact . . . how listening to an old, favorite cd instead of the radio can make you smile . . . how stopping to notice that the fabric sample you left on the baker's rack looks beautiful next to your transferware . . . and how fun it can be to push your favorite magazine clippings around your craft room bulletin board, and make a new arrangement.