I love this time of year. Crisp fall days with the hope of a winter wonderland on the horizon. No matter what region you reside in, there’s just something about the coming months that create an air of anticipation and excitement.
Maybe it’s the shift beyond summer vacations, beaches, and inconsistent, laid-back schedules. Or maybe it’s the fact that we can enjoy the fruits of the season like juicy apples fresh from the orchard. Or perhaps the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for you. Whatever the reason, time seems to speed up for me at this time of the year.
My mind is always filled with creative ideas and, during these months, it seems to explode with new thoughts and ideas. I try to calm my mind for rest at night, but the ideas just keep popping up in every crevice of my brain, often times making rest seem difficult, if not impossible.
While having a head filled with creative ideas is wonderful, it’s also frightening. What if I forget one of them? What if they don’t all come to fruition? What if…the list could go on.
It’s then that I remember to stop and just…be. Stop and listen, be still, and enjoy the moment. Focus on a single task and create something beautiful. Concentrate on a single detail of a creative project and get lost in that tiny bit of detail. Let the flurry of ideas in my head rest while I focus on something right at hand — now —- be.
Or…create nothing at all in that moment.
My creative clock seems like it is ticking every day as time moves forward. That ever-important project I thought of last night, or that incredible idea I’ve had for months but just can’t seem to finish…and what if I never finish them all?
This life is short and we have the enviable opportunity to live it creatively and fully every day. So rather than listen to the anxious, creative ticking of my mind, I’ll follow the creative moments of the day by taking them one step at a time.