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,
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.