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:
It’s raining Tuesday evening as I check the weather reports on Hurricane Matthew. Tomorrow we’ll gas up the SUV and shop for bottled water, canned goods and batteries. Preparation plans advise stocking up on supplies for 3 to 7 days in case we lose electricity and water.
I just read that canned cat food is better than dry during these storms because it helps cats stay hydrated and they’ll drink less water, a precious commodity.
I imagine thousands of people along the southeast coast bordering on the Atlantic Ocean will be asked to evacuate. Because we’re about 12 miles from the beach, we’re advised to shelter in place. We’ll get plenty of rain and wind — and our creek may flood. Hurricane Matthew will visit us on Friday. Watchful waiting.
Let’s shift over to comforting and encouraging thoughts for all mental health. Remember, whatever you need to do, not only can you do it, but you can do it well. Two of today’s quotes deal with courage — we always have it, thought sometimes we must dig deep. The final quote asks us to imagine we’re angels.
John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer. 1907-1979
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
Sir Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1966 Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Sir Winston Churchill
Luciano de Crescenzo, Italian writer, film actor, director, engineer. (1928 – ) We are all angels with only one wing. Only when we come together can we fly. Luciano de Crescenzo
See you next week,
Here are a few previous Pause and Revitalize posts, if you want to immerse yourself in encouraging words as I prepare for Hurricane Matthew.
It’s pouring rain right now, thanks to a Severe Thunderstorm called 93L. We’ll see if she turns into Tropical Storm Julia. When thunderstorms pass through, we don’t blink an eye because it’s still hurricane season in Florida. We blink when a hurricane churns directly toward us.
That’s my good news for today: we’re dealing with a thunderstorm but not a hurricane. Not only that, I accomplished a lot of work today and feel . . . content. I wish you the same.
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and patron saint of writers and journalists (1567 – 1622)
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”St. Francis de Sales
Richard Wagner, German composer and conductor (1813 – 1883)
“Imagination creates reality.” Richard Wagner
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist (1928 – 2014)
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize posts:
I’m offering you a moment to pause and revitalize.
Sometime before Christmas I signed up for Melanie Duncan’s The Power of Pinningtraining because I needed to learn about Pinterest. I created an account for Iris Abbey and set up my Pinterest boards showcasing our company’s interests.
Of the several boards Melanie recommended, I jumped at her suggestion for a Quotes/Wise Words board to post encouraging — revitalizing — statements.
In my previous life I would print out business-card sized motivational quotes and hand them out to my students. I usually had 3 or 4 available, depending the kind of advice needed.
After posting several quotes designed by others, I realized I could design my favorite quotes using Canva. Easy. Fast forward and I hope to offer a few of these quotes each week, in the hope they offer you strength and grace.
Anaïs Nin, author (1903 – 1977)
Annie Dillard, American author (1945 – )
Anne Lamott, American novelist and non-fiction writer (1954 – )