This Rilke Maria Rainer quote has been ringing for me like a bell with each step taken today. Almost like it has a rhythm section behind it and my steps try to keep time. I shared it with a friend recently, thinking it was the perfect quote for her…but then realized that it was also a zinger for me as well in this journey of finding the right path~
“…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
I’m busy this week putting together the packets for the women attending Elida’s and my creativity retreat. I’ve been reading all of my favorite quotes & perusing all of my fave “soul-searching” books written by some of my favorite women~
The inspiration I’ve gotten out of these three little gems has been priceless. Writing the morning pages (learned about in the “Artist’s Way”) has been so completely helpful in looking for my North Star these days. Sometimes the star changes position, but it usually looks the same. I like to read back in the journal to look for patterns.
Oh, they’re there alright…
..in all of their glory and frequent frustration. There’s an on-going theme of “The Great Balancing Act” that so many of us share
as creatives and mothers….as business owners and creatives…as creatives and wives…the list goes on.
I have a secret…one I feel comfortable sharing here.
I once wanted to be an artist living in a lofty warehouse with a fire pole…my canvases giant as the wall with paint spattered light fixtures. Staying up late creating…getting up late to begin again. Never mind that I couldn’t draw…or paint…or sculpt…
It was the idea of having space to create and the inspiration around you all the time….a wild woman like Sabrina Ward Harrison.
My next read., I think.
Enter this photography world I’m living in…I do love it—it has been molded and bent several times over and I don’t think it’s sculpted into its final phase yet.
I long for Big Art.
even paint on my light fixtures.
I’m wrestling with the decision of whether I should transport all of my mixed media art supplies and tools to the studio where I have an empty room…this would mean that I would have art time during the day when my kids are at school.
The trouble with this is…this is my work environment we’re talking about…can I take a day to hole up and allow time to create art? Was this ever part of the plan?
Or…do I leave my stuff here and continue to walk by it in frustration because home time doesn’t usually end up in creating time.
I’m curious about you lovelies who make stuff at home—do you have firm boundaries? What keeps you inspired? When do you fit this time in?!
There are art pieces living in me that I know are going to come out…I’m just not sure when. I have journals filled with ideas that are desperate to be tested out…how do I get over this stuck-ness?
This quote by Annie Dillard is a good one~
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. The tragedy is that we ignore so much of it in the interest of getting to the real stuff.
May your real stuff be your stuff of interest~