Oh how quickly memories can rush back.
From a twist of events, I’m hosting the next turn of the Kaleidoscope of Creative Connections looking at Rest.
Mulling for inspiration there begins an inner poke to make a new banner.
After all, that needs to be done too.
And nothing is leaping forward out of the mulling juices.
Working on a design idea with limited options (and skills) for graphics tools, I found myself starting to squirm.
There’s no easy way to align the yellow icons along the bottom or ensure equal spacing between each one.
Time to abandon ship and search for another program to use?
Images of Mexico flash through my head.
Shower tiles to be specific.
I know immediately the connection to Rest making weird perfect sense.
Let me explain.
Zip back to 2004 and another strange turn of events led us to an off-the-tourist-beaten path to a colonial B&B in Patzcuaro, Mexico.
The architecture was amazing, the greenery tropical and the tile work spectacularly annoying.
Not only were the grout lines uneven, many of the square tiles were on their way to becoming diamonds.
Floors, walls, counters – anything tiled was crooked.
My brain kicked into overtime searching to identify every flaw from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
“Come on,” I’m thinking.
“I’ve tiled a bathtub surround. Straight lines aren’t that difficult with the help of a level and a few spacers.
How could so much be out of alignment.”
The obsession my mind had was in itself mind boggling.
I was getting increasingly annoyed with being so annoyed.
Then about day three hit and something clicked, or more accurately – something let go.
They were just tiles.
They stopped water from soaking the walls.
Feelings of frustration and annoyance transitioned into a sense of freedom and peace of true rest.
I stopped searching for perfection in an imperfect world.
Imperfection was blatant wherever we traveled in Mexico.
Mish-mash seemed to be the over-riding principle behind many streetscapes and communities.
And they worked just fine.
The more things looked as they were supposed, the less I saw.
Rather than seeing the surface, I began to see what was really there – the people, the interactions, the motion of Life.
Control and perfection give a false sense of security while expending great energy.
Making things just right takes a lot of work.
We can’t find time to rest if we have to ensure everything last thing is as we believe it should be.
Giving Life some wiggle room to be a little crooked here and a little messy there creates the room to let our guard down and sink fully into the rest we longingly seek.
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chief nudging officer
Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.