Un-shelving is a word, because I just used it. My blog had been deliberately laid aside, shelved, for a further two months for no reason other than I chose to do so . . . and that should be good enough. It’s not that I’ve been busier than usual, unwell or not creating anything, it’s just that I make choices to (pretty much) suit myself and being able to do that is one of my most basic needs.
What I need in my life are very simple things: people I love and respect; peace and tranquility within; play, the activity when I get lost in the moment, is essential to my wellbeing; being productive whether at work or play is immensely satisfying to me; and power, the power to make choices. These are my 5 Ps and I have been thinking a great deal about them over the past couple of months . . . well, years longer if truth be told. Maybe I will blog some more about each . . . are you interested?
I could have blogged about the pohutukawa tree in my garden that burst forth in blossom in time for Christmas . . . the art I have created . . . work inspired by Diana Trout on 21 Secrets, call it emulating or copying if you will, I really admire her style – it was wonderful so I signed up to 21 Secrets 2013 (check out all the amazing tutors) over at Dirty Footprints Studio. the beach treasure that has been found and the creativity it inspired . . . the forgotten potatoes, desperate to grow . . . the 20,000 bees that thought the bench seat at my front door would make a great hive . . . my holiday visitors . . . or even my new flagpole – you simple cannot live at the beach and not have one. The flag represents the five elements and I brought it back from one of my visits to Hanoi . . .. . . however I didn’t. I chose to take a break and today, with the sun shining, cicada’s chirping and sound of the surf in the background, I have chosen to resume blogging partly as a response to thought-provoking blogs such as Quinn McDonald’s.
I keep a journal, mostly writing, very personal and occasionally a blog or the journal itself will throw up a quote I want to use as a leaping off point for creativity or just to ponder and write another page. Today I was reading the comments on Quinn’s blog entitled Speaking Up For Your Own Sake, the comments are always worthwhile. There was a quote from Meg Hess, “you can tell the helped by the hunted look in their eyes” and it made me think of how I hope to respond, both personally and professionally. My success is variable.
And Violette Clark’s blog today had me thinking about balance and the struggle, that perhaps most of us have, in retaining our equilibrium. Personally I think there is a lot to be said for shaking it up occasionally.
So, my three insights or BFOs (Blinding Flashes of the Obvious) before lunch?
- Helping is something I try not to do, even when asked, as I believe the most valuable thing I can do is to make a space where they can help themselves.
- I respect my body: we’ve been through a lot together.
- Just like a tightrope walker . . . getting the wobbles is fine as long as you know where your centre is.
So there you are . . . I’m back, how often I have no way of knowing. Sometimes daily, but I doubt it. Maybe weekly? It will be irregular and although I’d like to say I’ll provide X posts a week and have a particular focus, that isn’t me. Yes, there’ll be links to interesting blogs and inspriational TED talks, yes, I’ll posts about my delightful granddaughters, yes, creative endeavours and insights and, goodness knows what else . . . I just don’t like being boxed in. My need for freedom of choice is way too high! Ah, the power to choose!
I am content with myself at this point in time.