3/21/12

What we Create

Everything material is impermanent. 
What we create from deep within is lasting. 

Here's wishing we all become attentive to what and how we create.
Let's let care, vision, mindfulness, and heart lead us forward. 

3/14/12

Creating Thrift

In her book "Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving," Lorilee Craker writes of the Amish thrifty habits of using common sense, managing money wisely, and delaying gratification. The Amish work for what they want, take care of what they have, and reuse things. They live by the motto, "Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without." 
When money is short the Amish find extra jobs. They save by buying bulk, sticking to a grocery list, bartering, and scaling back when necessary. They pay bills on time and when borrowing is unavoidable, they make mini payments often and pay all their debts off as quickly as possible, starting with the smallest to the largest. 
Instead of shopping, they practice self-control and contentment and invest in relations and experiences together. They remember that life and material goods are transient and that chasing after stuff is meaningless. Whenever they have a little extra money they save it, and they share what they can.
My grandmother taught me these very same principles, emulating simplicity and saying "Waste not, want not." My favorite thrifty trick she taught is to buy much of what's needed second hand, at yard sales and thrift stores. Do you have any favorite tips to help create thrift? 

3/7/12

Possibility

Recently spending time with creating friends, we decided to 
recycle glass bottles to see what could be re-created. 
I silenced the "Why bother?" and other not so helpful thwarting thoughts. 
Instead, I let the project unfold as it did, creating while enjoying the company of friends.
 Before long, a simple bottle was transformed into 
meditative figure with outstretched arms, beckoning towards joyful opening. 
Doubt is the saboteur to possibility. 
When we create, evaluating and judging can interfere, 
leading us to compare or think we aren't good enough; 
how much better to believe in ourselves and create 
with confidence and for the joy of creating.
Maybe what results isn't great art. The process itself is what's greater.
All we need to do is to remember that we're the masterpiece, 
and that we're always able to grow and reach from where we are. 
What process will you immerse yourself in with confidence today?