Saying goodbye

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well. I seem to be heading towards a bi-weekly blogging habit. It’s less than I’d like, but I am rolling with it for now.

We (our household) are in the middle of a major life transition. Let’s say it’s one that involves getting rid of/packing up all of our stuff, getting in a car and making a new life in a new place. A move! A big one. A big move that follows on 12 years of accumulated life and memories and things (so. many. things.). This work has taken a bit of the wind out of my blogging sails. If my future posts tend toward moving-related themes, that is why.

Art has been helping me to reflect on the process of moving. I drew this picture in pencils late winter this year. I remember wanting to depict the process of creating something in my mind — to show how shapes and colours move around and turn into an idea. This state of play and possibility is one of my favourite creative experiences; it’s a source of motivation and energy that I don’t find anywhere else (not even in writing).

Returning to the drawing more recently, I noticed some curious details. In the background, there are ‘raw materials’ grounding the image in grey while the colourful forms hover over them, searching (in my mind) for a medium to land on. This speaks true to my experience: when it comes to making, I can’t stably predict what medium I’ll be compelled to try. My interests migrate around a lot, and my different projects can appear disjointed and disconnected. But, this picture helps me to realize that there is one creative impulse and energy that undergirds all of that wandering. I am coming to terms with having been a wanderer for a very long time.

But. There is also the image of the house, the dwelling place. I have been thinking a lot about the creative work of un/re making one’s home, and that helps me find joy in the big task ahead of me. It’s hard to say goodbye to 12 years of things and the memories attached to them, but when I have trouble deciding on what to keep, I ask myself, “What kind of life do I wish to live?” or “What is the most loving version of life that I can envision — for myself and others?” If the object contributes to that vision in some way, then it’s a keeper. Visioning / imagining in a loving way has been central to my process.

Even though many of my craft supplies have had to be down-sized (majorly), my biggest consolation is knowing that creativity abides. Ideas yet-to-be-realized abide. Inspiration abides, as does the quiet little voice inside. There is a freedom in knowing that, whatever needs to be shed for now, there will always be good walks, good friends, and the colours of the world. This sense of what abides allows me to stay in touch with a feeling of abundance through the lean years and scarce periods of the past, and now, the goodbye.

Until next time, wishing you creativity. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Saying goodbye

  1. What a thought provoking post. Thank you. I am enamoured by your use of the word abide for those creative ideas that are waiting to blossom.
    Your artwork is full of energy. It felt as if it was jumping out of the screen when I looked at it!
    Strength for the packing and moving.

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    1. Thanks, Mariss. I appreciate your reading and kind words — it helps to know that, in the rush to declutter and minimize, there are at least *a few* projects and ideas very much worth holding on to. 🙂 Cheers to you!

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  2. I’m new here, and from the looks of things – your wandering – will sustain you wherever you next unpack your goods and chattels and settle into your new home/life. I know when I’v ever moved a lot of objects/things do not come with me, but I soon find new items that fulfil me just as well…Go well, Keep safe and Be brave

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  3. I’m so glad I stumbled on the bigger story behind this drawing… I really liked it when I saw it on Instagram a while back! And how cool that, in coming back to it a while after it was first created, you found it speaking to you again in a different way. So, safe travels and I hope all good things await you in your new home! Meanwhile, I will try to hear your words in my mind as I attempt to part with some of my own mountain of accumulated possessions…

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    1. Thank you, Helen. 😊 We continue to sort and sift through, and the mountain is now a moderately-sized hill! (there will be a second and I reckon third pass through the things, lol). I hope your sorting, if ever you do so, is a peaceful and smooth experience!

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