“But to be quite oneself, one must first waste a little time.” – Elizabeth Bowen
In this busy season, I have found more of a need to fiercely protect time that is unhurried; when I permit myself to chase some creative rabbits down a few holes. It’s in those unhurried times that we find our creative selves and discover new things. The other day, I did just that. I bounced from pouring artist’s pigments into pretty cork bottles, labeling them with thin masking tape, to cutting flowers, and then arranging and taking pictures of all of it.
It was necessary time; gloriously well-spent, wasted time.
It wasn’t about the act of bottling the pigments, although it put pretty things into pretty containers that I can display. It was about interacting with pretty things and seeing where we went together.
I played and arranged and took pictures while I sang with my music and time slowly passed.
I did end up getting all of the pigments bottled between the flat lays and photoshoots.
And I put them on the shelf of the green vintage cart. I don’t need them readily available, but I just want to have them in the open where I can admire them.
This particular creative rabbit hole ended up chasing up fresh ideas that led me down new trails and holes this week.
As someone who loves productivity, I used to view these detours as a waste and I would fight them. It had to have something physical and clearly, immediately valuable to show for my time. I believe it is maturity and experience that has convinced me otherwise. The time is immensely valuable, even if it isn’t evident right away. There is an unwinding and a searching that happens in those quiet times.
I hope you give yourself that gift.
Be bored for a little while, leave some time unplanned, and put something in pretty bottles with hand-written labels just for the sake of creating something that is beautiful to you…