We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is: What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic? For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but … Continue reading on creativity, dedication and joy
what do foxes have to do with joy anyway?
We live in a culture of complaining. A culture where the answer to the standard greeting “how are you?”, is “busy” or “stressed”. Or we use it as a way to list all our problems as we detail just how complicated and hard and complex our life is. I was struck by a line in … Continue reading what do foxes have to do with joy anyway?
just a little list
It has been a hard week. I am struggling with my daughters living life at a full on speed, with little or no thought for the rules, or volume, or the pause button. I have found myself impatiently requesting them to be more patient. Or yelling at them to be quieter. Or hustling them out … Continue reading just a little list
the comparison trap
I have a friend who works with women at risk. Her job is important and valuable, she is literally at the front line with women in dangerous situations. I have a friend who is a teacher, she is educating the next generation, sowing into them and helping them grow into the men and women of … Continue reading the comparison trap
living lighter – surprised by joy
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on … Continue reading living lighter – surprised by joy
finding the joy
I met with some friends a few weeks ago and we all talked about our challenges for this Christmas season. From that discussion I wrote down three words ... home, presence, joy. Today was a standard Sunday, rush to get to church, wrestle to keep the kids occupied in church, finally sit down to listen … Continue reading finding the joy