Feeling settled into our new surroundings and giving into the creative flow that will not be ignored. For everything there is a season and happily ideas are spilling onto blank pages and unsuspecting pieces of furniture.
Yesterday I woke up in my favorite state of mind. I began a new project, ordered some fabric, baked cookies, did yoga, and sketched. When I gave in to the first, all the rest came freely. My children were so pleasant and nice or maybe that was me and my rose colored classes of creativity. Anyways, I’m convinced that when we do the things we love, it pours out into everything around us, our homes, families, attitudes, and energy. Try doing a bunch of wonderful things and then notice how washing the dishes doesn’t seem so unpleasant.
I’ve been reading Nurture by Nature, a parenting book that I finally can handle, because I’m a personality junkie and even though I hate the idea of being put in a box, I love understanding how we are all created so intentionally. I especially love when the knowledge sinks in and you transform your life and all its systems to be in sync with who you are. Living life so it makes sense, optimal living, not just living a life they say you should and as you struggle along wondering why it’s not working.
"Parents who understand this quality of INFJs can help protect them from a demanding and high-speed world. By creating private times and places, parents communicate a respect and understanding of their child and help foster a close relationship that lasts a lifetime."
"INFJs also need privacy to make the many intuitive connections they do and to develop their creative ideas and visions. For them, the creative process is essentially a solitary one."
-Nurture by Nature
This is what we have been doing, without even realizing it. Because having a million things to do and dozens of places to be doesn’t work for me and it sucks the life out of me. Interestingly enough, my son shares this personality with his parents and he thrives when he has time and space and quiet too. Go ahead and fill his day with endless activities and you’ll see a frustrated, exhausted three-year old, a less than dreamy version of himself. The same sentence would describe me.
I’m on a mission to create a home full of cozy and comfort, a peaceful environment where we can thrive and learn and enjoy this beautiful, meaningful life. That means continuously discovering how the four of us function best. I know every family is different, but I’m convinced we don’t need to succumb to the struggle of just surviving, because there’s more, so much more. And yes, even a beautiful, meaningful life is full of exhaustion, challenges, and trials, but they don’t get the final word. And if our lives are indeed our most creative act (to quote Erwin McManus), then I believe we can take whatever we have and turn it into something remarkable.