Today’s the fall equinox and it’s as good a time as any to re-dedicate my goals and projects. It’s been a chaotic and stressful year so far and to help maintain my sanity I’ve pushed myself to focus on the things that keep my life balanced. When family issues–or life in general–get in the way, it’s far too easy to allow creative endeavors to slide. “I’ll write tomorrow.” “Tomorrow I’ll have more creative energy.” “Tomorrow I’ll make time.”
I’ve pushed myself to do creative projects such as painting, sewing, and even cooking and baking (during which I always “edit” recipes) to keep in tune with my creative self. I’ve also made short-term goals for little side projects; for example, a poem decorated with colored-pencil art, or a seasonal craft to cheer up a blah work space. Throughout the summer I’ve celebrated these little artistic victories and tried very hard not to get discouraged when yet another day passed without the opportunity to even write in my journal.
This morning I felt that all that plodding along was worth it. I’m sure it has something to do with the autumnal equinox since I woke feeling more at peace and calm than I have in a long time. It was a true day off and I started it with coffee on the lanai. The air was damp and still. Not a ripple marred the surface of the lake and for once no golfers were out in the early morning. It soon began to sprinkle, and then rain steadily. It was beautiful! The rain seemed to have cleansed away the noise and chaos of typical Saturday mornings around here.
Peace! I poured my thoughts into a very long journal entry and then sipped coffee and watched the rain drops plop into the lake. And soon, I was transported to the world of one of my works-in-progress. Two hours later I took a break, ate breakfast, and then . . .
. . . joy! I had thoughts for scenes to a different project! This was such a luxury in a challenging year. But I know that the turmoil will pass. I made a few new goals to help me get from today to the end of this year. I feel relaxed and stronger now. I’m confident I can maintain balance. And, I’m looking forward to the adventures — and creative journeys autumn has in store.
Happy Autumn and happy writing!