The creative process at Everyday Inspired usually starts with the simple question: What needs to be said today? For a few moments, my mind is open, and then comes the question: What can I say today? Or, What should I say today?
See the shift? Subtle though it maybe, the process moves from receiving to directing. What I’ve found is that the messages that come from the receiving posture are often the more vulnerable ones for me to share. And, I’ve discovered over the two years of this blogcast that the messages that hit closest to home for me receive the greatest responses from my dear listeners and readers.
So, today I share with you a meme I discovered on Facebook yesterday, posted to a page I follow called A Beautiful Mess Inside. Don’t you love that name? And I love the wisdom that’s shared there throughout the day. This bit of wisdom is a quote from the British novelist Jeannette Winterson:
When we make a change, it’s so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness, and our unhappiness as a result of having made the wrong decision. Our mental and emotional states fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, and some days we could tight-rope across Manhattan, and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. This is normal. This is natural. This is change.
I’m in the midst of big changes in my life. I expected to dance on the waves, and some days I do. But there are other days of deep grief that cause me to question my decisions. I am consoled by her words. And I hope, if you are in the midst of change, that Jeannette Winterson’s words bring you peace as well.