The theme of my recent posts has been my goals for 2020 and I continue with that today. I have covered my spiritual goals and relationship goals so far. Today I want to share about my desire for creativity and play in my life as I choose a life of slowness and simplicity. Creativity and play are another way our souls can be refreshed from the doldrums or from the overwhelm of day-to-day life.
You may think, “who has time for that? I have too much to do to even consider that.” I know, really I do. I have lived the majority of my life with that mindset. But, in doing so, I feel I have missed so much. When we are constantly running from one thing to the next on our to-do lists, we let so much of life pass us by.
Do you ever think back to being a child and pause to remember the things that made you so happy. What were those things?
As I think back, I realize how the truly simple things so delighted me. I remember many bike rides up and down the bumpy, cracked sidewalks, singing as I rode. I loved walking through the leaves on the sidewalk or in the grass, hearing them crunch under my feet, and giggling as I kicked them high in the air and watched them fall. Having a “fort” in the field behind our house, where my brother and I played with the neighbor kids gave us opportunities to catch bugs and butterflies and play in the fresh air. I have so many memories of fun, all sweet and slow and filled with wonder.
I miss those times that brought me so much joy. I want to incorporate some of that playfulness and creativity in my life once again.
Prior to working to Recalibrate my Life this year, it would not even have been an option to consider doing this. There just wouldn’t have been time in my crammed schedule. But I have learned a lot about slowness and simplicity. And moving forward I am choosing to create space in my life for things other than the busyness of a to-do list and the craziness an overscheduled calendar can cause. I no longer want to live with those. I want to be intentional about making time for creativity and play.
The slowness and simplicity of Jesus’ life allowed for Him to enjoy cooking fish and eating it with His disciples on the beach. He took time to visit those He loved, like His dear friend’s Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. He enjoyed the little children that ran to Him to sit on His lap, maybe to listen to stories or ask questions. He demonstrated His creativity in the parables He told, and in the many ways He blessed people through His varous miracles. Not to mention the amazing creativity of all He created in this world, the animals, the flower, and the trees. I can easily see Him, if He were walking this earth today, at a coffee shop playing games as He chatted with the people around Him. Or sitting with children on the beach playing in the sand, or walking with them at the zoo enjoying the animals. He would take the time to enjoy life, people, and His creation.
Slowness and simplicity give way to opportunities of creativity and play, and that is what I yearn for more of in my life. I want to take more walks; walks in the leaves or in the snow, or in the woods, or on the beach. I want to take time to build sand castles, or to stop to lay in the grass looking up to the sky to find silly animals in the clouds, or maybe to make snow-angels in the snow. I want to play cribbage, card games, or board games with friends or family as we drink pots of steamy, creamy coffee and nibble on sweet treats. I want to enjoy more plays and concerts. I want to write long letters to those I love, and do creative journaling. I just want to spend time writing and journaling every day. So much to delight in, so much to enjoy!
Just reading through this list makes me smile and breathe deeply. And what‘s even better is that they are all completely doable. I just need to be intentional about planning them into my days, or choosing one or two spontaneously as free time comes available. Free time made available because of the slowness and simplicity I am choosing to living in.
How about you? Will you be making time for creativity and play in the new year? What will be on your list of what you want to do? Are any of your ideas prompted by childhood memories? I look forward to reading your responses and connecting in the comments.