What is creative dawdling? It's PLAY.
It has the ability to shape shift into a multitude of activities that don't have a darn thing to do with any "artistic" or classically creative activites such as drawing or theatre.
It is a worthy thing to do regardless of outcome. Creative dawdling is the permission to do something you want to do because it makes you feel at home with yourSELF. Like fingerprints each person has a unique to them combo of creative dawdles. No one can say there is one and only one way to dawdle.
Creative dawdling is spiritual. You know it by how your spirit comes alive. Sometimes it is mundane and sometimes it is inspired, but your inner spirit resonates with it.
You have permission to play. Permission to do something you enjoy for no reason other than you enjoy it. I say this more for myself, than for anyone reading this, but feel free to take it into your own heart.
You have permission to dawdle.
Remember that it is up to your own heart to give you permission. It doesn't come from anywhere else no matter how much you've been fooled into believing otherwise.
You have permission to _______________________________________ Fill in the blank and try it on. See what comes up to the edge of your awareness. Now give yourself more permission to relax into those edges.
Each day is a new day to give yourself fresh permission. It doesn't just happen once and then you are done. Giving yourself permission is like brushing your teeth. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Like brushing your teeth, permission to play doesn't have to be done only when you find the time to retreat for a week. It can be done in little moments.
This blog for me is NOT about how I make my living. I'm not selling anything here. I'm not earning extra pennies from affiliate links. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that either. At this moment, this blog is place for me to express myself without the pressure of making it into a business. A way to share my dawdles, the things that light up my spirit. To share my creative heart. To scratch my writing itch.
Also this blog isn't about gaining some kind fame or attention. I do crave attention sometimes (what blog writer doesn't? comments - yes please I'll have some of those). It's more accurate to say this blog is about connecting, and about leaving a record of what resonates with meaning in my life.
I sometimes think about opening an etsy shop and going toward a blog that connects my creativity to earning money. I fantasize about teaching. I look at what other people are doing and think I should do that. Should is a big red flag. I forget sometimes and begin to think commerce is the only reason to blog. That gets me into trouble every single time I go there in my thinking. Then the motivation to write lapses.
This blog for me is a hobby. And why is it when I say hobby it somehow demeans it's purpose? Because we live in this culture that says if it does not earn money, then it has no meaning, no worthiness. This makes me sad. It is not true. Unfortunately, it is a message that must be constantly managed and filtered into the do not believe file.
I feel the need to return to writing on my blog. It means something for the quality of my life to share my play, my creative dawdles, my spiritual meanders.
I must stand in solidarity with my blog and it's purpose as a hobby. To stand with it and say it is OK to PLAY. It is alright to write on a blog for no other reason than it feels enjoyable. To stand and say creative dawdling is important. It is as valuable to do as brushing your teeth regularly and often.
To stand and say - I am a creative dawdler. I do not need to explain or wait for someone else to give me permission A minute, two, or five daily might be enough to get going.
Remember permission comes from inside yourSELF.
Creative blessings to all who come here from commentators to beloved lurkers.