Note to our blog family: Yesterday in the blog comments I mentioned that Janet Grant, our Books & Such president and founder, would not be able to respond as she normally does. Her husband, Loch, died last night just as the sun was setting. The family and Loch’s caregivers were there in the room and Janet said it was a sweet time, a gentle goodbye. I know you’ll join us in thinking about and praying for the family at this time of loss. If you’d like to leave a word of comfort, please feel free to use the comment section or you can send expressions of sympathy to Janet at Books & Such, 52 Mission Circle PMB 170, SantaRosa CA 95409-5370.
Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Several weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Victoria magazine—one of my favorites. Alongside their signature idyllic photography were the words, “while away the long summer hours.”
I nearly burst into tears. How long has it been since I’ve been able to while away an hour?
I remember the days of childhood when the summer stretched out long—insect sounds, summer smells, hours to play and read. If only I’d known then that those days would never again be part of my life. . . *sigh*
I know the importance of reflection—of dreaming time. Every December I do extensive goals, divided by the parts of my life—spiritual, personal and professional. I plucked the following out of my 2012 list:
- Discover new things. Revisit all the area museums. Continue to stay inspired.
- Map out at least one “Day in the Desert” for reflection/ creativity every quarter.
- Continue to practice the home arts—cooking, gardening, flowers, baking, etc. (Someday needlework and sewing again?)
- Dream big dreams and commit the resources necessary to make it happen.
- Take ample time to dream and plan. This may be the most valuable thing I do. Otherwise I’m just shuffling papers and knocking out product.
Don’t ask me how I’m doing on these goals. When things get crazy, these are the first things to go. But I know how important it is to carve out time to “while away the hours” and I’m going to keep trying to incorporate that into my life.
As writers, what can be more important than carving out the space for creativity?
How about you? Do you incorporate dreaming and creativity time into your life? What does it look like? How is your adult life different from your childhood days? Got any good suggestions for us?