Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Inspiration {artlockdown14}

Tomorrow, from where and when I now sit, we go home.



Back to the wonderful families we adore, and the homes that will inevitably be messy, and the activities and to-do lists that sat dormant for a few priceless days.

This anticipated weekend, now an iron-clad annual calendar item, has done its job in filling up the dusty creative places, and the friendship love tank, and will blow us a kiss as we get in our cars and drive the 6 hour ride home.

And it matters.

The process matters, the intentionality matters, the quiet matters.  It matters not just to our own kindred souls but also to our daily lives which will benefit from this time away.  Our hugs for our children will be a little longer, our arms for our husbands will be a little more open, and our creative practices will each have a little more life than they did before.



Creativity, and the act of creating, is life.  

When the Creator breathed into Adam the spirit of life, and Jesus gifted us the Spirit upon his ascension, they also handed us inspiration.

Inspiration

noun
  1. 1.
    the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.









  2. 2.
    the drawing in of breath; inhalation.


Because inspiration is breathing and inspiration is divine and inspiration is creativity.  Trifold life.

So many ideas and goals and dreams were birthed this weekend, the labor feeling not so laborious when alongside a best friend.  I'm sure re-entry into real life will dim the excitement a bit, but if our dreams are not high enough, our day to day reality will be that much more stunted and lacking.



When I return, I will place the doodled plastic wine goblet back on the shelf to wait for next year and light the scented candle she gave me upon our arrival.  Then I will whisper thanks for the creative life and deep kindred friendship we share.

#artlockdown14, over and out.


{Friends have asked me what the heck we do at an art lockdown.  I'll de-mystify the whole thing a bit on Friday if you care to find out!}