Redirecting From the Rabbit Hole
I picture, at the entrance to the proverbial rabbit hole of wayward thoughts, desires, and actions, the place good people fall, a stern rabbit holding a sign:
I can easily find myself ignoring those warning signs in the matter of my own creative passion. I’m a creative junkie. How can that be a problem? Isn’t creative expression a good thing? Not when it is out of order. And I need to keep order and boundaries for my home since I am also in the business of redirecting others, a homeschooling teenager and a severely demented husband.
You know though there is a lie I sometimes fall prey to that leads me bunny trailing.
“You’ve got a lot on your shoulders. Go easy on yourself.”
That leads me to the rabbit hole, a world where my thoughts and desires are scattered in too many directions that I end up not actually accomplishing anything of real value in my painting and my writing.
My valuable creative personal resources hop off to everything else …
I think it important I should divulge the list of the attention stealers for me: (and, of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing any of these things).
CREATIVE ATTENTION STEALERS
Paper mache, clay, watercolor, charcoal, crayons, markers, pastels, oil pastels, embroidery, crochet, knitting, sewing, writing poetry, writing many comic strips about my yorkie, making little stuffed baby sock creatures, creating greeting cards with die cut shapes from aluminum cans and cardboard and whatever I figured out could go through the die cutter, creating stories and handmade and painted books for my grandchildren, painting elaborate T-shirts for my grandchildren. And rearranging and painting and redecorating my home and cleaning out and redoing all areas of the house, and making new recipes and special meals, and baking all kinds of treats and (trying to) make gingerbread houses. Then there’s my new fascination for reading and studying the 14th century. Now I’m not at all saying I have to give it all up but I’m just trying to prove a point…
I am a creative junkie. (Safe to say?)
My creativity rabbit holes. So… I am now trying to harness that creative energy and put it into what I have decided is most important for me to be doing.
I have to decide if the thing I am beginning to put my mind to figuring out, the thing I am just beginning to set my heart on, is something I need to spend my creative God given resources on right now or is it a rabbit hole that makes me lose the best parts of myself…. my heart and my mind.
So, what do I plan to do next.