The "Between" Times
As I watched the deep pinks pale into pastels as the light grew, it occurred to me that I loved the "just before" colors better: just before daylight - just before dark, too.
My soul responds to the "between" times - between daylight and dark (whether daybreak or day's end), between calm and storm, between this task and that.
The respite from one thing and the anticipation of the next plays into this, certainly. But I truly do appreciate these between times on their own merit. Something to do with the stillness, no doubt.
"Be still" is a phrase that always stirs a profound response in my heart and soul. It is in stillness that angels speak, that muses sing, that insights and inspiration come. It is in stillness that hearts are filled and souls fed. Amen and amen...
(Photo taken between daylight and dusk, October 2010)
Originally posted January 4. 2012
Sometimes It Matters
I read these thoughts on Seth Godin's blog earlier this week:
It might be a garage or a sunlit atrium, but the place you choose to do what you do has an impact on you.
More people get engaged in Paris in the springtime than on the 7 train in Queens. They just do. Something in the air, I guess.
Pay attention to where you have your brainstorming meetings. Don't have them in the same conference room where you chew people out over missed quarterly earnings.
Pay attention to the noise and the smell and the crowd in the place where you're trying to overcome being stuck. And as Paco Underhill has written, make the aisles of your store wide enough that shoppers can browse without getting their butts brushed by other shoppers.
Most of all, I think we can train ourselves to associate certain places with certain outcomes. There's a reason they built those cathedrals. Pick your place, on purpose.
This really resonated with me. I'm finding that my "creative space" is sucking my mojo from time to time - and those times are always when the clutter reaches an unacceptable level. I am still tweaking my organizing/storage systems, too, and the shortfall there is weighing heavily...
I thought that perhaps this was my own weirdness, but Seth's essay made me re-think the importance of getting a handle on not only organizing, but also beautifying my space. The wonderful, beautiful and oh-so-inspiring magazine Where Women Create also came into my head. Just looking through the pages of the magazine, which focuses on various artists' creative spaces, fills me with inspiration. That picture up at the top of the post is from the blog linked here, and is the cover of one of their issues. Time to implement a plan...
Originally February 6. 2011
I thought that this was a fitting illustration for an excerpt from a blog - written by Alexandra Franzen - this morning:
You are not your work.
But, you’re here to work.
So if you don’t LOVE your work…
Why. Are. You. Here?
Ah, good question! I'll leave you to your own thoughts now...
Originally posted January 10, 2011