Do you write in the books you read? I do. I scribble in the margins, and I underline sentences and I place big strong asterisks next to those WOW points. I’ve even written “I DON”T THINK SO” next to something I strongly disagree with. The only down side of this is when you share your books, someone else gets a real glimpse into my thinking which of course has its ups and downs.
This morning I was flipping through a book that had a big impact on me many years ago, The Family Manager by Kathy Peel, and found this note about myself:
I procrastinate with everything
if not fulfilled creatively
I think this is still true of myself and it was a timely reminder of how I tick. We spend a lot of time trying to work with our children, to understand their quirks, their strengths (and weaknesses) and we try and find ways to enable them to be the best with how they were made. And yet we rarely recognise how we were made. It is as if as we take on adult responsibilities we begin to all meld into one dimension but God made me – me. Just as my children have their uniqueness so do I and just as I strive to enable my children to work within the quirks God built into them, so do I need to enable myself to do the same. Same goes for you!
At no time does this mean I abdicate my responsibilities (but neither do my children). It is simply a recognition of my uniqueness, my individualness, and all my bents and quirks.
So for me this little note I wrote in this book so many years ago is a timely reminder. It has been absolutely ages since I’ve spent any time being creative and I have been bemoaning how I’m simply not getting anything done – I’m procrastinating. Today I see a connection. Maybe it is time for a little creative time for me!