I read Katherine Tyrell’s blog today on the her ’10 golden rules for every busy artist’ and it got me thinking. We all struggle to allow ourselves time to do what we want, when there is so much that needs doing. However I do think there is a balance. The things that need doing are so much easier when personal satisfaction has been achieved by doing the things we want to do! On my personal list I would put – allow myself time to think or rather let my mind wander. That is when I find I am at my most creative or inspired. We have so much “noise” and “traffic” from computers, radios and televisions going on in our heads now that original thought is sometimes difficult to grasp. I have a picture in my mind of Mel Gibson in the film ‘What women want’ when all the thoughts of women passing by are entering his brain. He looks as if his brain is about to explode. I think we all feel like that sometimes…so…..
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. Wiliam Henry Davies
This is a very well cited poem, but nevertheless relevant. I often recite it to myself, but rarely do it.
Changing the subject I have at last opened a shop on Etsy. I have had it in mind for a while now but there is quite a lot of new ‘learning’ to do to understand the system. At present I have only two items in my shop, but hope to increase as I get better at photographing etc. It is all taking an inordinate amount of time at the moment. Please have a look if you have time. I would also really appreciate any comments you might have.
And finally, a picture to leave you with of pink phlox growing in my garden…..