I couldn't keep up with the creativity.
I couldn't hold pace with the barrage of thoughts, dreams, ideas - filling my brain waves and asking to be scribbled down and seen through.
I was visiting family, when my Mother blessed me with a whole 24 hours to myself.
She kept the kids, while I whisked away to rest, write, wander, dream.
And dream I did.
The second half of my time away - was filled with constant concoctions of creative concepts.
A brainstorm if I ever experienced one.
Remember those bubble diagrams in language arts class?
You start with a big circle - your main idea, and branch out into dozens of other bubbles from there.
That's the mode my mind was in.
And I could hardly get the concepts from brain to paper fast enough.
It's crazy what can happen when you rest....
When you remove yourself for a minute and let your mind open, and let your God speak.
I've often heard in recent years, that creativity comes from rest - not striving.
And it's true.
What strikes me today most, though...on this day I've set aside for relaying what makes me marvel -
Is the ability our brains have to imagine.
We can see things behind our eyes, that aren't before our eyes.
We can watch a movie reel in our minds, and go back to past experiences, and dream up new ones...
And then have all that fantastic stuff flow to ink, and find itself in book pages, or see it's way to stage, or play itself out on screen, or dance it's way through the fringes of a paintbrush.
Isn't that fantastic?
And what's more....
Is that often times all that goodness that is forming in the fibers of your head, and then working it's way out into art - it usually ends up encouraging, inspiring, blessing, speaking to - another.
What a fine process the whole thing works out to be!
And what a wonderful thing to stand in awe of!
Today - if a poem, a song, an image, a story - drops in on your reflections..... let it come to the light. Write it down, draw it out, sit on it for a few - and then whenever you have time for some tinkering, allow that thing to dawn and come to life.
Use what you've been given!
And marvel at it all.