Thanksgiving Thoughts: This is the day of preparations — traveling to see family and friends, last-minute grocery shopping, baking delicious creations — because tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I want to extend my gratitude to our customers, readers of my blog, and those who pin these words of encouragement on Pinterest.
A big thank you goes to Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Productions for her artwork. Mary Beth shared a few pieces of her art and I’m thrilled to use them with this week’s motivational thoughts.
Today I’m quoting a musician, writer, and surfer, all currently living. Here we go:
Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and songwriter, U.N Messenger of Peace. 1955 –
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma
Joan Didion, American author. 1934 –
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. Joan Didion
Bethany Hamilton, American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack. 1990 –
Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. Bethany Hamilton
I want to celebrate creativity today. I’ve started a couple of projects lately but — because everything takes longer than expected — nothing has reached completion. Alas, my paint projects languish.
Instead, most of my time focuses on bookkeeping, boxing items for shipment, taking photos, writing blurbs, visiting estate sales. I will argue that art can envelope any of our endeavors but, let’s face it, some tasks are less exciting than others. The good news is that we are selling things on our Etsy shop.
David and I will transport a gorgeous Mid-Century Modern dining table set from our warehouse today to the booth. It will be fun to arrange things, but I’m itching to get back to those painting projects and finish them.
So today, let’s celebrate creativity in all forms with these inspirational quotes.
Søren-Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author. 1813 – 1855 “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Søren-Kierkegaard
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. 1928 – 2014 “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
Joseph Chilton Pearce, American author of books on human development and child development. 1926 – 2016 “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce
I try to post Pause and Revitalize posts on my blog every Wednesdays. Here are a few previous ones: