Monday, February 2, 2009

"Makes Me Smile" Monday

"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.

Happy (little choices, big changes !) Monday !!!


Holly said...

Thank you for the encouragement to be true to ourselves. To remember our creative selves.

heidiannie said...

Well put. I'm all for a creative rescue from this rut!