Connection

Today, after a long drought, I write again. This most solitary of activities, and yet so intrinsically linked to the things that inspire me – that make me want to write about them, and which kick me into actually doing so.

Today, I am fuelled and encouraged by the voices of friends, silly and profound, but which I see, hear and feel across the miles, through the screen and even within their own pages.

I battle through some pretty difficult physical and mental challenges, knowing that I’m not alone. Humbled and still wanting to move forward, for myself and those who cheerlead me efforts.

The trick is balancing the ‘me’ time with this connection, which isn’t always easy, but when achieved – when you’re not pulled in one direction or another, but simply stand your ground… magic can be made.

What are you doing, what are you creating, who are you inspiring? Pause, realize and smile.

Thank you, friends. Today’s words are for you. x

The Creative Web

I happened upon an inspiring passage in a random book today, which stayed with me until I shared it along here:

‘Knitting is a process craft… The true joy comes from discovering the individual beauty of each segment, the feeling of accomplishment when completing a particularly difficult section, and the sense of challenge that lurks as you plan the next project. In other words, knitting is like life. We have to enjoy the journey if we expect the destination to mean much.’
(From ‘Zen and the Art of Knitting’, by Bernadette Murphy)

There’s been some lovely thoughts out there on creativity lately, with the best yarn-based blog coming from Nell at The Animists Craft (Soul Weaving). I’ve even blogged about writing before, over at The Catbox (Words). We each have our preferred ways of keeping hand and mind busy, making something which wasn’t there before.

When broken down into what makes creativity – imagination, tools, hard work, swearing and joy – the above excerpt can relate to pretty much any creative act. Painting, writing, gardening, cooking… probably even processes that I have no idea about, such as programming and coding.

Because it is about life. Acts of creation fuel our fire, make life worth living, allow us to express ourselves and pass on a little of what’s in our minds.

I deny that anyone is without creativity, by the way. There’s always something that you can do – whether it’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is subjective. Creation just is.

That little paragraph lurked in my head as I took up my own knitting today. The exploring of ideas, the philosophy and simple (yet complex) ‘why’. There’s no easy answer… but it didn’t stop me in the doing. The end result is lovely, the sense of achievement grand – but the getting there can be even better, as the spell itself is woven.

Where did your creative journey take you today? 🙂