Thanks to those who participated in the survey last week! We have quite a potential list to work through based on your suggestions :). I compiled them here if you’re curious to see. I was relieved to see there was a clear majority chosen for the next book, coming it at 42% (with an additional 16% wanting to poke their eyes out at the thought of any of them) was
by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s free, but more than that, it is one of my two all time favorite books from my childhood and reading it turned me into a lover of the idea of gardening (if not actual gardening). So, come June, we’ll be looking at themes about redemption, orphans, family secrets, and gardens!
Do you feel like Brene might be peeking in your window and saying, “You have a wonderful home! But with a bit of rearranging, you can get even more use out of the space.” I’m thankful the chapters are short and she doesn’t beat a dead horse, when you look at the territory we’ve covered, it’s kind of breath taking:
- Introductory chapters (doesn’t that seem a while ago?)
- The things that get in the way and Guidepost #1 –Cultivating Authenticity
- Guidepost #2 –Cultivating Self-Compassion
- Guidepost #3-– Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
- Guidepost #4 — Cultivating Gratitude and Joy
- Guidepost #5 — Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith
And today we are up to Guidepost #6 –Cultivating Creativity — in The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.
I loved the examples she gave from her childhood and was saddened by such a clear cut-off date for her creativity. If you’re around kids, isn’t it stunning the various ways they express their creativity? Taking ordinary items and using them for extraordinary expressions. Don’t ask me how we got started on this, but several years ago someone named Aunt Amy decided it would be fun to stage a nativity play with her nieces when she was home for Christmas.
Since then, the plays involving four growing children and one middle aged woman have become more elaborate. Let’s just say, baby Jesus this year was a six year old girl who wheeled onto the “stage” in a dump truck manger, wrapped in a blanket.
We are currently working on a version of Frozen that is going to stun even Walt Disney himself. We’ve got about six weeks until Aunt Laura and Aunt Sue to come to town and our eight-year old playwright has narrowed it down to 34 scenes. Yup, THIRTY FOUR. Her mother asked if she’s heard of the word “abridged.” I say, what, only 34? BRING IT ON. Aunt Laura didn’t like the movie (WHAT? I know, she’s heartless and apparently doesn’t like a good show tune), but her nieces have gotten music from their piano teacher and roles might be chosen by who fits into what costumes. How can she not love it?
“It’s easy to see how difficult it is to make time for the important things such as creativity, gratitude, joy, and authenticity when we’re spending enormous amounts of energy conforming and competing.”
This is why we must talk about comparisons:
How have you been able to tap into your creativity while on the field? What else got stirred up in your thoughts and soul this week as you read?
Until the comments … Amy
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