Welcome to Tuesday Tea! Grab a mug and take a seat at the table. Today, we’re discussing a vital component of the inspiration process: the stillness.
Journeying through this life as a creative is not that different from biking through the hilly countryside:
For every crest, there is a trough; for every apex, there is a valley. In fact, you are more likely to experience a lull in activity, a mental, emotional, and energetic low immediately following a fantastic victory!
Ask Elijah. Ask David. Ask Serena Williams, or J.K. Rowling, or your favorite celebrity or academician.
Transparent Moment: I crashed last week. Know that when you push and push yourself beyond your perceived limits–without rest stops or focused break, ignoring the signs that you may be unraveling–you will run into a brick wall. BAM!
I crashed, and I’m still smoldering.
Thankfully, I’m surrounded by loving family and friends, Scripture, blank canvases to cover, journals to fill, cute clothes to drape myself with, a stockpile of raspberry tea, and Solo’s new album A Seat at the Table. On loop.
And Luvvie Ajayi’s book, I’m Judging You. Lots of books, actually.
I didn’t set my goals for quarter 4, or do a vision board, or buy a planner for 2017. Instead, I have stared at my ceiling, cried, prayed, journaled, cried some more. I binge watched Luke Cage and danced to “Cranes in the Sky.”
When you find yourself in a valley, you cannot pass “Go” and collect 200. You must walk, dance, wail, crawl, tiptoe, float, run THROUGH it. And before, and after, you must be still.
“You know I have the world to think
And you know I gotta go ahead and take some time
Because the last thing I want
Is think that it’s time that I leave the borderline”
–Solange, “Borderline: An Ode to Self Care”
Where is your borderline?
Between bouncing with joy inexpressible and crying bouts?
Between utter silence and defiant boldness?
Between great resilience and quiet resignation?
Between monotonous ennui and sudden bursts of inspiration?
Between the honeymoon phase and the real work?
Between excitement for the future and anxiety?
It’s okay. Quit being so unbelievably, incredibly busy, and be still long enough to take emotional and mental assessment of where you truly are. Be still long enough to hear the still, small, voice of the Creator affirming what He placed within you. Hear and respond to the call.
Be still and know that I Am God. I will be exalted amongst the nations; I will be exalted above the earth.
Be still.Cease striving. Stop rushing around. Seek Me, regard Me, listen to Me, and honor Me. I Am Above all things, including your burdens and the oppressive forces that war against your soul. I hold together all things .
Acknowledge the borderline. Dance upon it if you must.
Then release. Know when to let go…know when to let go…