On, In, and Around Mondays: The Red, The Rose, The Coat
She concluded on a beach, noting that growth is a spiral process: what we don't manage today, we'll manage tomorrow, coming around again, if we are willing.
It was my third time going through The Artist's Way. A dear friend recommended this book long before I ever read it. I have her to thank, for being part of the spiral process that led me, over time, to a first, then a second, then a third reading.
Every reading has presented something new. I love that. This morning going back over the quotes I've copied, this stands out like it never has before...
To be an artist is to acknowledge the astonishing. It is to allow the wrong piece in a room if we like it. It is to hang on to a weird coat that makes us happy. It is to not keep trying to be something we aren't.
Maybe that is why I bought a red coat last year, its smooth outer finish sewn with subtle designs of roses. Maybe that is why I planted red begonias in the garden this year, when I usually plant pink.
These turning-points, where we stop trying to be things we aren't, do they not come with physical markers? The red, the rose, the garden growing something new?
I wonder, today, if there is some way you've been trying to be something you aren't. It's just a curiosity. And along with it, I wonder what that might mean for your coat, the beach treasures you might bring home and put in the "wrong" place in your house, your open books and your closed ones.
On, In and Around Mondays (which partly means you can post any day and still add a link) is an invitation to write from where you are. Tell us what is on, in, around (over, under, near, by...) you. Feel free to write any which way... compose a tight poem or just ramble for a few paragraphs. But we should feel a sense of place. Would you like to try? Write something 'in place' and add your link below.
If you could kindly link back here when you post, it will create a central meeting place. :)
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