Stepping on Stones

When meeting someone for the first time, one of the questions I ask is, “What do you like to do for fun?”. Often, my question is returned with a look that is a mixture of amusement, weariness and resignation. “Fun? I don’t have time for fun anymore.” My heart aches for my new friend because I understand. I understand the weariness that comes with the constant demands of the day. The laundry, the bills, the needs of others; these all demand our attention and energy. We continue to forge through each day, without stopping to refuel our souls. Is it possible to live a creative and abundant life in the midst of the messy?

A few years ago, my answer would have been an emphatic no. However, I no understand that it is possible. Possible only if we are willing to be honest with ourselves. Honest about how we spend our days. In my previous post, I shared how my husband’s remark was the catalyst for me making time for . If I was to make time and mental space for creativity, I needed to examine how to make this happen. I have identified five obstacles that prevent us from making space for our creative pursuits, and how we can overcome these barriers.

1. Media Use

Media can have a positive impact on our lives, but it can also be a major source of distraction. Many times, I have hopped on my to puruse social media, email or to read an article. Next thing I know, thirty minutes have gone by and I have nothing valuable to show for it. Setting boundaries on media use has been a helpful practice for me in curbing the media monster. I designate specific blocks of time during the day for media use. I also turn my phone OFF by 9pm to ensure a good night’s rest.

2. Too Many Commitments

Enrichment activities and social commitments can be wonderful opportunities to grow our creative skills and grow relationships. However, there can be too much of a good thing. When we are running from one activity to the next, we create an atmosphere of hurry in our homes. We need to be selective about the quality of activities we and our families engage in. Examine your motives for being involved. Are you driven out of fear of missing out? Someone else’s expectations? Try to pair down your commitments in order to make more margin in your life.

3. Superhero Syndrome

Even if you manage to