|Leaving your mind blank can give you space for other things. Like admiring this use of chives as an ornamental.|
The quiet surface belies the currents beneath. Serious, unresolved health issues in the family – an ongoing worry. Trying to stay balanced with feet in two lines of work. One-too-many volunteer commitments. Rain. Lots of rain. The ever-distracting mess at Toronto Silly Hall. And, apropos of that, half a cubic yard of duck poo to shift (though we crossed that one off a few Saturdays ago).
I share this, not for sympathy, but to say: sometimes, a pile-up on life's highway leaves you stuck in traffic. There's nothing much you can do, but wait for things to clear.
Nothing much, I mean, but stay in the here and now, which is what I'm reminding myself to do. Look around. Take it all in. There's always something to see.
|I mean, this gardener really went for it! Look how prettily it blends with the salvia in the neighbour's garden.|
It's like the mental digestion phase James Webb Young writes about in his wonderful little book A Technique for Producing Ideas (which I wrote about here). Part of Young's method is to go away and not actively think about your problem to let the solution percolate.
Sometimes the mind, like a farmer's field, needs to go fallow, as this blog has done. Things are growing there, but for a while they've been too inchoate (great word) or vague to express. Hoping for germination soon. Check back and see.