Sharpening the Spirit

Rifling though my dog-eared manilla folder of good quotes today, this one by William Faulkner barked to be heard:

People need trouble — a little frustration to sharpen the spirit, toughen it. Artists do; I don’t mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance.

Creativity and wellness message for today:  Appreciate wisdom from unexpected sources.

Starting Again

Hello everyone, I’m back to writing my creativity and wellness blog, after enjoying a break from it this summer. If you are a regular subscriber to this blog, welcome back! If you are reading it for the first time, I hope you find something you like and visit again. In once-a-weekish short essays I’ll share inspiring quotes, messages, and revelations geared to enrich your thinking and sometimes soothe your soul.

After having a busy summer, filled with deadline-oriented professional responsibilities and a truckload of personal ones, I’m getting my feet planted in this new season. I was reminded over the weekend how easy it is to slip back into old habits, ones that aren’t good for me. My vulnerability is going into an emotional place that I call the wounded victim. It’s that place in which I consider my glass half empty instead of half full. It’s an old familiar place of discomfort and I see that I have more work to do digging myself out of my own pit. Writing this blog entry actually helped me clarify my thoughts and in turn my spirit lifted.

If you find yourself in an old habit that doesn’t serve you, use the metaphor of going back to school as your guide. Start again changing your frame of mind or commit to applying paint brush to canvas, or hands to wet clay. Pick up your unfinished manuscript and start where you left off.

Creativity and wellness message for today: Just like an artist with a sketch pad full of empty pages, let yourself create a new sketch.

You Can’t Get Lost

Exactly one year ago today I put my foot in the water and tested the wild world of blogs. I gave myself permission to post entries once-a-weekish. My goal was to inspire you (my readers) to create the life you love as I shared information on how to feel well even in troubled times.

Statistically I’ve written 29 posts in 8 different categories. This year my blog had 1,027 views and readers are now subscribing to it. With this blog I’ve established a venue in which I am accountable to show up, write and publish. That feels good.

My definitions of creativity and wellness, that I originally penned in 1990 hold true today:

* To be creative is to handle life’s challenges from an enlightened perspective. Creativity honors the unknown, it delights in and ignites spontaneous joy.

* Wellness is the experience of balanced, free-flowing energy on many levels — mind, body, emotions, spirit. To feel well is to accept the whole of who you are.

Thank you for tuning in with me on this journey together. Please let me know your comments and thoughts. What would you like to see more of in this blog, less of or stay the same? Thank you to all of my subscribers out there, your feedback lets me know someone is listening.

Take-away message for today: Creativity is like a thread, while you hold it you can’t get lost.

Revisit Stillness

Today I stopped midstream, seems like I’ve been doing that a lot recently. The pressing need for an immediate and total halt in order for me to rejuvenate. This morning I sat, I meditated, I centered. Almost immediately clarity came, my breathing deepened and the pressure in my chest went away. Unexpectedly, in the stillness, in the quiet, creative ideas floated into my consciousness about a new book proposal. When my mind and body paused, my spirit awoke.

Creativity and wellness message for today: Dip into the stillness, no matter what. A wellspring of reverence is there for you every day, every moment. Stop, immerse yourself in the quiet. You just may discover that sometimes non-action is the key to action.