I wanted to share a few things because they stood out to me, and maybe they’ll stand out for you too. The first is an image, shared by @Alison on Instagram:
Sometimes I get a bit caught up in trying out new things. Which lead to more things. Soon, I’ve got so many things to keep track of, I don’t know how to handle it all. That’s basically been my life over the past 5 years, and I’m learning how to keep things simple. My health requires it, and my family deserves it. And so do I.
Six days ago, as I was tidying up, I somehow made my back unhappy and it didn’t let me off the couch for about four days. While in my couch “time-out”, I had the time to watch a few movies, dig in to “Girl, Wash Your Face“, by Rachel Hollis, and I even listened to a few podcasts (also by Rachel — holy cow, she is a creative force).
One page stood out above all the rest:
I stopped. I think I might have even held my breath a little. How did Rachel know this feeling? Goosebumps.
I haven’t been painting for months: there is always something else to do. Work, of course, and cleaning, and bringing the kids to lessons, and…, and… . How is it that I let the most important to-do item fall to the bottom of my list?
My friend Liz (a retired teacher who is adventuring and teaching in China) spoke to me about using our gifts, and that there is a reason why they’ve been given to us. It’s true — when I create, and especially when I paint, I feel that I am living life to its fullest. In a way, it’s a bit of a selfish feeling, but I also feel closest to God in those moments. And I miss it. In this way, Rachel is right: it is a way to worship, to reach closer.
Now, to carve out the time.