Perhaps it’s the changing of the seasons. Some mis-alignment of the stars and the moon. Or, it’s possible that we’ve been affected by the heaviness of the many heartbreaking things going on in the world around us. Of course, yesterday, 9/11, was a somber day of remembrance for many.
If you need a place to pause and reflect here, you are welcome to borrow this bench. It’s ok. I’ll wait. I sat on this very bench for many, many moments of quiet reflection on my recent holiday.
As creative people, we tend to be more sensitive than most. We truly feel the horror of tragic events, whether close to home or across the globe, and we deeply empathize with the suffering that people face in those situations. It can be very difficult to know what to do to help.
Lately, I have noticed that when I start to feel helpless about these sorts of things, my creativity suffers. I feel stuck. The happy energy that usually propels me forward is in short supply. The flow is blocked by a heavy feeling. In a way, I almost feel guilty sitting down to make beautiful things. When there are so many people who have so little, art feels like an incredible luxury.
But it’s also a basic human need.
Maybe it’s a song that keeps hope alive. A treasured piece of jewelry that serves as a reminder of someone loved and lost. Or a found object that adds beauty to an otherwise hopeless place.
In a world where suffering still exists, we need all the hope and beauty we can get.
If you’ve been feeling a bit weighed down lately, for whatever reason, may I suggest taking some time this weekend to hang out in your creative space. If creativity is your gift, the first and most important thing you can do to make the world a better place is to use that gift to its full potential.
Give yourself permission to feel inspired. Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Books, magazines, plants, candles, inspiring quotes, crystals, photographs, mementos, or… nothing at all.
If I’m feeling down, I dig through my collection of beach stones. I love to sit in the morning light and arrange my latest beads among them. That’s my happy place.
It’s ok to enjoy yourself. It’s ok to feel joy while you’re creating or thinking about creating, no matter what is happening in the world around you. It’s a fabulous idea to make something beautiful, even on a terrible day. Especially on a terrible day.
So, the sooner the better. Get to that studio. Sit down at your table. Sort through some beads. Cut some cord. Wrap some wire. Light up that torch. Melt some glass. Hammer some metal. Roll some clay.
It’s hard sometimes, I know. But we’ll do it together.