This weekend I brought out my Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons. I picked these up some time ago, but they didn't click with me at first. So I decided to give them another try. And now they are speaking to me! It is pure magic when this happens.
It is the first day of summer, the summer solstice and a full moon. Seems to me this day should be filled with mystical occurrences, serendipity and synchronicity. In our house, the day began with a 4 a.m. alarm, waking early to take my ever-traveling boy to the airport to jet off on another (mini) adventure. Yawn. Four o'clock is too early for humans.
I remember when summer meant long, lazy days at the neighborhood pool. When a walk to the ice-cream parlor was the highlight of a day, and stacks and stacks of library books were borrowed, read and returned. Before color t.v., cable, microwaves, internet, video games and mobile phones. When boredom was inevitable, and always lead to something creative to alleviate it. Well, creative and sometimes mischievous, but that's another story. :)
Summers now seem as jam-packed and hectic as the rest of the year, with little time for day-dreaming, cloud-watching and endless stacks of books. But today is the first day of a new summer, and I am resolved to grab a little down-time and court boredom like it's the hottest new best-seller at the bookstore. That's right - I am chasing boredom.
Without boredom, the mind doesn't free itself from our to-do lists, calendars, commitments and concerns. Instead, it frets, plans, worries and multitasks. To be bored means I've done what needs to be done, left my calendar wide open and not committed to much of anything at all. Imagine! This sounds like heaven, right? To boredom! And all the creative inspiration that is sure to follow...