“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.” – Dee Hock
Invite, allow, open to space, margins, unwritten, unknown;
Where old thoughts don’t limit and rule;
Where beauty and mystery deepen;
Where opinions, assumptions, judgments are put down;
Where imagination, play, holy, poetry, sacred, expanse and delight dance together in the quiet, wide-open field, a top a mountain, in the deep sea;
Wide margins and whitespace to create, dream, become.
“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock
“You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. Let out a little more string on your kite.” – Alan Cohen
“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written, or you didn’t go swimming in those warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid?
It’s going to break your heart.
Don’t let this happen.” – Anne Lamott
Take a break from your rules and requirements.
No permission slips.
Let go of mindsets and stories that say you can’t do it or even try it.
Try and fail and do it again.
Fun is a worthy pursuit that compounds joy.
Explore, iterate, slap paint on the canvas.
Never will we regret having too much fun.
We can’t carry everything.
Hold what is necessary and put the rest down.
Imperfect and beautiful.
Dreaming and loitering in delight required daily curriculum.
Fly a kite. Skip rope. Dance the polka.
Small acts of frivolity and radical silliness to unjam, uproot and loosen.
No do-overs. Start today right where you are.
Big. Juicy. Creative. Life.
Let this happen.
“The familiar and the habitual are so falsely reassuring, and most of us make our homes there permanently. The new is always by definition unfamiliar and untested, so God, life, destiny, suffering have to give us a push—usually a big one—or we will not go. Someone has to make clear to us that homes are not meant to be lived in—but only to be moved out from.”— Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
A clean, blank canvas lays before you each day.
What will you draw, paint, create?
What threads will you weave together to create the tapestry?
With your thoughts, words, actions to yourself and others, you author this day.
The pen, brush, paint is of your choosing.
Bright, bold, vibrant, outside the lines – go there.
No permission slip needed.
Begin with gratitude and move out imperfectly from there.
Stroke by stroke, fill the space with what only you can do.
Word by word, plant seeds and bring sunshine in.
Action by action, offer peace and love.
The blank canvas awaits.
“Dream, struggle, create, prevail. Be daring. Be brave. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be strong. Be brilliant. Be beautiful.” – Caterina Fake
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” – Nate Berkus
It is in the pursuit of discovery and rediscovery that we unfold and expand. Learning, unlearning and relearning create space for growth and transformation. What new things do you want to start this year? What has fallen away to restart?
Years ago, I used to refinish and restore furniture. Stripping layers of stain, sanding the wood smooth and applying fresh stain to reveal the grain and character in the wood.
My favorite restoration project is a library table which belonged to my Grandmother who immigrated from Poland. She was a talented seamstress, using the table in her sewing room. She could take bolt of cloth and transform it into beautiful dresses, no pattern necessary, sheer craft and imagination.
“A tree’s wood is also its memoir.” – Hope Jahren
Each piece of furniture is rich with stories and memories. Both of my Grandmothers passed away before we could meet them so these antiques have a deeper meaning, to connections that transcend time.
While I enjoy restoring antique furniture, I’ve always wanted to learn woodworking, creating a piece from scratch. My brother has done it for years. Last week, he showed me and my niece Emily how he built a sensory table for Liam. Since other people are interested in getting these, Emily and I are going to start a new hobby this year and explore other items to create as well.
“It is the accuracy and detail inherent in crafted goods that endows them with lasting value. It is the time and attention paid by the carpenter, the seamstress and the tailor that makes this detail possible.” – Tim Jackson
Each of us has innate creativity waiting to be released into the world. Keep searching for ways to explore and express your imagination. Design your days. Create and restore.