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It’s late now, and I’m quite tired. I have been grabbing every spare moment I can to write. And it’s hard. Despite having just crossed the threshold of five hundred posts here (who knows how many word that is anyway?), this thing, this book idea, looms large in my mind.

In order to do it justice, I find I must step back into the misty past to find my forebears. Because I need to know the ones who shaped the ones who shaped me.

Yet so many are gone from this life, with only shadows left. Some I never knew. And some events are things which I’m told happened to me, but of which I have no memory.

I feel like I’m reconstructing the million little pieces of a life–of many lives, really. Such is obscured by the hazy lens of time…

And so much has gone by.

Why didn’t I do this sooner? When I (on the words of Billy Joel) “wore a younger man’s clothes?” When my brain wasn’t addled by apnea?

But now is the time I have, and my heart burns within me. I have a beginning, and some notion of the middle, but I’m not sure where it will end–because this is the story of a life, like shoes being broken in, still being lived in, walked through.

There will be blisters, and calluses. And some may be pained by what I say, but it will be the truth as best as I recollect it.

It just occurred to me that I do have a fitting end:

“But God…”

What about you, and your life? Who, or what, shaped you? Somehow, does it all come back, for you, as it does me, to: “but God?”

Too Many Jesuses?

randomlychad  —  August 17, 2011 — 11 Comments
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Yesterday, I wrote of a nasty habit we (who are believers) all seem to have: proof-texting the Bible. We comb through the Scriptures looking for verses that validate our beliefs, rather than having our beliefs informed by the Bible.

I do it, you do it, we all do it. But I find it’s best to “let God be true, and every man a liar.”

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Listen. Come a little closer. That’s right–here around the corner. I need to tell you something.

Please keep this in confidence, okay?

'Douche' photo (c) 2008, Mike Schmid - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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In this series, we’ve discussed the intersection of life and art, that art supports, and (at least attempts) to explain life. Art is indeed a support system for life.

And the key to life? Balance. Balance is the key to a successful life.

So it is with art.

We who are creative types must balance our acts of creation with appropriate sustenance. We can only give away what we possess, and to possess we must feed our souls.

We must consume to create. Unlike God, we do not possess an inexhaustible supply of creative energy.

Call it downtime, call it sabbath, call it whatever, but don’t discount the need to recharge your creative dilithium (the crystals that powered the Enterprise’s warp engines).

Because failing to do so is creative kryptonite.

You will run dry. You must replenish your stores.

I don’t know what this looks like for you, but for me it could be:

Reading a book

Watching a film

Appreciating art

Visiting a museum

Attending a play

Or (if you have them) playing with your kids (their imaginations are well nigh boundless)

There is just something so inspiring–almost mystical–in drinking from the well shared by all artists. New ideas are often birthed from this spring.

Take my advice: breath in that you may breath out.

Blessings to you as you follow your dream.

Question: what do you do to replenish your creative reservoir?