The most creative thing I know……

I’m grateful ~  so much ~ for creativity.
For the way it feels like flight and flutter and drift and dance,
and that free and airy feeling of stretching out your body
after being folded up closed too long,
or taking a mug of steaming goodness into cold hands
or digging like a child in the sand.

For me it is the feeling of when someone brings you flowers
or opens a window to let the stuffy out
– the smell of a freshly bathed dog
or sunshine in clothes dried fresh on a line.
It’s starshine and moonglow and getting caught up in a satisfying flow,
every shade and tone and color and the feeling of an open road.

Creativity feels like all of the ways that poetry happens,
that family happens,
that art and rest and friendship happen.
And the surprising lift of grace when all you could see was a long,  slow climb.


It’s ears to hear the whisper and beating heart to feel the pain,
the power to be gentle and the room we’re free to make.
It’s “I’m sorry” and “me, too,”
“I need some help.”  “I understand.”
It’s throttle down and rest
and that mistakes are a part of the plan.

It’s the artful gift of a friendly listen
and time taken slow to be heard.

I see creativity as less a thing and more a being;
a person to dance with;  a partner in collaboration.
It might just be the heartbeat of God:)

Someone asked me recently what’s the very most creative thing that I  know.
My first thought: LOVE –  love is a wildly creative thing.
All rivers and fountains and flowers and fields
and bulbs and seeds and stories and songs
and the gazillions of ways that it waltzes right in when hope holds open the door.
Then I thought how maybe the most creative act of love
might be reconciliation.

This one creative thing I celebrate today –
the way of hearts and lives becoming free and fitted back together again
in a healthy and life-giving way.
For this I fling thanks like paint with fresh passion,
and for you,  my traveling companions
– happy Thanksgiving,
with love!


How cool is this canvas we’re all given:)

“We’re on a planet.  At the same time.  In the universe.
Let’s do something great together!”
– Jeff Byington

“That cannot be.  Unless it could!”
– from Alice Through the Looking Glass

Thanks for coming by,  my creative friend:)
I believe your juiciest days are ahead.


  1. jeanie on November 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

    You say it so perfectly. Your words, images,thoughts tell me all I know to be true about this great creative spirit that I know inhabits us all — even those who say “Oh, I’m not creative.” Yes, you are. You just need to recognize how big creativity is and how it is part of us all! Oh, dear Jennifer, I am very thankful for you!

    • jennifer on November 29, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Exactly – we’ve all got creative lives churning around inside of us.
      Thanks for helping me draw mine out – you do inspire:)

  2. ladyfi on November 24, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I love that Byington quote! There is indeed so much to celebrate.

    • jennifer on November 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Me too, Fi; just recently discovered him.
      Another reason to be glad:) Thanks for coming by,

  3. Susan on November 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Here’s to flinging thanks and love and joy all over the place! Wonderful words, beautiful images.

    • jennifer on November 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Susan; cheers!
      I’m so glad for you,

  4. Catherine on November 26, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Perfect and beautiful. My heart is singing now!!

    • jennifer on November 29, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Singing along with:)
      Thanks, Catherine,

  5. Anne Camblin on November 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    You are so right—love the certainly the most st creative thing: God is love! AND His reconciliation to us is definitely the best, most creative thing ever. Of course, I like the way you said it so much better and the pictures–Wow!

    • jennifer on November 29, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Hey friend:) Thanks for dropping by and taking the time – I love your visits.
      And always I appreciate your heart. Thanks for sharing,

  6. gotham girl on December 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Oh your words…always such a breath of fresh air! Yes…here’s to having unlimited colors of paints and as many canvases as we want!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks for all the colors you fling! You make my world so much
      more beautiful! Love to you and your flying,

  7. Barbara on December 2, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I totally agree with you on love and reconciliation. Beautiful post!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks for coming by, Barbara:)
      Love to you and your part of this beautiful world:)

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