Change is necessary; no one should sit stagnant in the present for too long, in my little opinion. One must always strive to grow, else we risk letting life pass us by.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Some of my faithful readers [and by that, I mean you, my friends!] may have noticed that the usual, weekly Artist’s Way posts for the “i plant the seeds” cluster have been absent lately. There’s been some good reasoning behind that decision, and I’ve been glad to take the well-needed break… but I’m also very pleased to be back.
If you caught the previous post, you might also have seen that the cluster decided to back up a bit and revisit a few chapters. We were feeling distracted, and some big things were going on that really added to that distraction. The cluster seems to be through those times now [yay!] and we’re gettin’ on with stuff.
In that spirit, I thought that a Chapter 6 revisit wrap-up would be a good thing to talk about here, and also how the spirit of change has touched my life this past week.
In Chapter Work, I did a few very important things. One, I got myself some flowers and leaves. I picked bright colours, ones that would make me smile and appeal to my inner five-year-old. I went through my clothes and rid myself of five pieces that I don’t wear, or are old. They’ll go to be recycled or to a thrift store. I am not finished with that purging, because I have some things that I know I am not really interested in wearing again, or I’ve outgrown as a person. I’ve managed to have some small, pleasant “freebies” come through my life, from discounts on my coffee in reward for good deeds, to delicious dinner treats. And the biggest change of all, I stepped down from a leadership role that had gone from a joy to a source of issues for me – I carried a lot of guilt about and poured a lot of time into that role, and finally I came to the difficult decision that it was time to move on and let someone else take on the challenges and rewards from leading. It was good to know that I made the right choice, and that many roads are open to me now.
I know that these exercises bring good things to light for me, and they offer insight into places that I might not always like to peer into… but the results are always so valuable! I hope that you find inspiration when you read my self-exploration, or at least find following my adventure an exciting read. I have much further to go before I’m finished with The Artist’s Way, and then after that I plan to keep on with Julia Cameron’s books, as well as looking into inspiration from other creative sources. I promise to keep sharing, and I welcome your comments and thoughts on my words and experiences, too!