One of the things we talked about was an ah ha from my journal writing that morning - that I'm not a group person. While that's not a surprise, it's a surprise when thinking of a creativity group. For years, I have longed to be part of a creativity group as if being part of a group was the only way in which to maximize my creative abilities. On some level, I believed that a group would make me better. Yesterday, I started to consider why that might be when I've always been far more of a 1-1 conversationalist. My absolute favorite thing to do is sit down and have a heart to heart conversation with another artist about their work, life in their studio, and the direction they are moving in.
My friend is a weaver. This picture was taken a few years ago when she was working on a rug. She's ready not to give up weaving but to add in something new. The last time we visited, she talked about sewing clothes and in particular about refashioning. This visit, we talked about what that might look like and what we could do together to help each other achieve our goals.
On the drive to her house, I'd been considering this conversation and how I would respond. Did I want to attempt a group or did I want to enjoy the 1-1? My regular 1-1 meetings with Patti over the last year have shown me one way and the attempt to add a third last fall showed me the possible pitfalls. Commitment is a key ingredient. The size of the group not so much. Two is a group.
When I shared my ah ha, Rosemarie said she felt exactly the same way, that a larger group was a wonderful thing but that real learning and harmony and growth for her came on a much smaller scale. How interesting. That confirmation has me moving forward in a new way.
I loved all the comments yesterday. THANK YOU so much for the encouragement with the cape. I'll sew it, see what I think, and decide about a "go with" outfit from there. I laughed at ParisGrrl's comment about matching my glasses. That might be hard to do. I have a lot of glasses. The ones in the picture were pink. Those are my prescription reading glasses and I have a dozen of them scattered around the house. Above are some of my prescription distance glasses. These are the ones I wear frequently matching them to whatever outfit I'm wearing. I buy my glasses on-line from ZenniOptical.com where I can get two dozen pairs less expensive than one pair from a local optometrist. If I have to wear glasses - and I do - I want to have fun with them - LOL.
The group thought wasn't my only ah ha yesterday although the other one was more of a confirmation. I'm working through Sheryl Brady's book You Have It In You! in my journal time. She writes about a message she received from God - allow me to open the doors for you. I'll open every door that you need to walk through. If you find yourself in front of a door that you have to push, it's not from me. Over the past few years, there have been many opportunities that haven't worked out for reasons beyond my understanding other than that now was not the time. When the time IS now, the door will open.
In another book I read just before Christmas, the author also mentioned a message from God. It was when you're ready; get ready. Sometimes we are longing for a dream or asking for a solution and yet it requires action on our part and we're not taking that action. I have felt for quite a while that I'm to write another book and yet I keep talking myself in and out of it. I love to write but I don't see why I should write another book. I thought that part of my life was over. I also feel that I will eventually teach again but that the time is not now. Lately, those thoughts seem connected. Perhaps, I'm to write to teach BUT...
... if so, I need some push. When I was sharing with Rosemarie how she could go about refashioning garments, she suddenly stopped and looked at me and said you should be teaching this. Hmm... interesting... so... if I was to write a book you wanted to read, what would I include? I'm curious about that answer, that it just might be the spark to get me started.
I'm also working through Julia Cameron's The Prosperous Heart. It's more spiritual than I expected and quite fabulous. On page seventy-six she writes - as we move into action, we exercise courage; we step forward into the unknown moving ahead even when the outcome is uncertain. Action is our power; when we are in action, our lives are in action. We are not stagnant. We are not powerless.
That seems relevant in so many areas of life. All the talking in the world won't get a project started, completed, or explored along the journey. We (I) need to take action.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - creative friendships and kindred spirits