Friday, December 27, 2013
Providing Space For Possibility
(this is a simultaneous post on the "8 That Create" blog)
I've been thinking a lot about that lately, providing space for possibility.
Carol here, opening a discussion on how we can open up a space for possibility.
I am smack dab in the middle of a huge purge and reorganization of my home.
It started out innocently enough with me wanting to clean out my studio.
It was cluttered, packed with useless ("I might need that one day") items that are easily accessible.
Why keep all of these things in my studio when I can pick them up locally for a few coins when I need them?
I understand that I need some of them in front of me for inspiration but I was/am sick to death of a packed, cluttered work space!
When I am in the middle of a project (or two), my work table is always cluttered - but with purpose.
And that type of clutter is easily dealt with after a project is completed.
It's the ever present clutter that haunts me.
I truly believe that it inhibits creativity and restricts inner vision.
In short, it cripples my ability to bring concrete form to my creative voice.
With all of that in mind, I began the arduous task of picking through decades of "precious" items.
Some of them were easy enough to part with. They no longer fit my idea of suitable art supplies (to me anyway), my color preferences changed or I was no longer interested in completing that particular project.
But what I did notice was that the longer I worked at cleaning out my space, the easier it got to toss the items to the "throw away" or "donate" pile.
And, when that happened, I felt that a weight had been lifted off of me. I could really feel my spirits lifting.
I believe that I was opening up space for something new, something fresh in my life.
I didn't want to allow the past, in the form of clutter, to hamper future possibilities.
The action of purging the studio fueled a passion to do the same thing throughout my home.
At the end of the day, the pain that I feel is an odd comfort.
It tells me that I am doing a good thing, that I am putting in the important work it takes to create not only a physical space that invites creativity and inspiration but I am also creating that same space within myself.
I did not plan on this being a New Year's resolution. It just happened to be this time of the year.
If I was one to make resolutions, I'd resolve to continue to simplify my life, my home and attitude.
For they have become much too cluttered.
I hope that you all continue to invite inspiration into your life.
A good place to start is to create a space for it - open yourself up to possibility.