Thursday, July 31, 2008

Purge the Bad. Make Room for the Amazing

I quit.

Yes I did. There was a straw. It was the last one. I said I'd had enough and quit my crappy part time job waiting tables in a crappy, if craggily romantic outdoor grill..

Ever quit a job before without prospects? Such a strange, freeing, scary prospect. When I first quit I was giddy with the idea of putting my energy into creating freelance opportunities and my etsy store. Now I am just getting froze up. Good and frozed.

Facing the prospect of actually going after my own dreams without any back up plan, without any distraction (aside from those pesky little children) is a frightening thing. You mean I actually have to make all this stuff MEAN something? I have to put myself out there in the big, bad world and PROVE myself?

Oh it is all feeling so very significant, now. And by "it" I mean everything. This post. Buying art supplies on line. Sketching an idea in my journal. Looking over my old stuff. Watching tv with my kids. What I have for dinner. It is as if every small decision I make is imbued with the heaviness of my success and/or failure.

So in the face of the importance of my every little decision and action, I was surfing around on line (also known as avoidance) and came across this over at Zen Habits and all of a sudden, a light went off or I took a deep breath or something that seemed to make the world work just a little bit better and make a little more sense.

It's not all that significant. Life is transitory, even when we try to hold on. It's okay to play with all the things I want to do. Maybe I don't have to be the BEST painter or the BEST writer, maybe I just have to play with what I love and share? Hmm? Maybe if it's not so significant, then I can take the shot and jump in with both feet instead of taking half-baby steps? Maybe my spiritual development and my development as a human being (as well as that of my kids) is STILL more important than whether or not I ever make six figures as an artist/writer or get reviewed in the NYT or even manage to make a living with it all. And gosh, if I haven't aggressively gotten rid of all the crap in my life this year, then I don't know what I have done. I've left room for creating lots and lots of good.

What kind of delicious mess can I make of my life now? How often can I play with my paints? What pickles can I get the characters of my novel into? What limbs will my kids color with markers? How many chances will I have to try out something new and exciting? (It's EXCITING, not SCARY!)

It isn't about fixing things so that they are perfect. It isn't about making lots of money. It isn't about "saving" my life through internet connections. It isn't about finally fulfilling all the ambitions I've every had.

It is just about living. It is about enjoying my kids and my art and my writing and the sun and the leaves and my favorite shows and my guy and my family and my food. Get rid of the stuff I don't want and/or need. Indulge in the stuff I love. Trust that I am enough just the way I am. Be at ease with the way things are.

Just Be.


D'Arcy said...

This may be cheesy, but I get a daily note from The Universe. Here is what mine said today. Put your name in the right place and see how you feel:

"If you can imagine it, you can have it, D'Arcy. This is the name of the game. This is the lesson to learn. It couldn't be any easier. Reality is not what your eyes show your mind, but what your mind creates for your eyes to see. You are not limited by logic, the past, or the world around you. You are not even of the world around you. You are supernatural, pure spirit. You came first. Magic, miracles, and luck are the consequences of understanding this, the inevitable result of dreaming and acting in spite of appearances.
You are ever so close. Simply stay the course. It won't be very much longer."

The Universe

All I have to say is Go get 'em and atta girl!!

Anonymous said...

Very exciting. Brave and wonderful. And hey, the world doesn't need perfection. It needs joy.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Bravo! Carrying on from mapelba's comment, there was a great quote from Voltaire on the Happiness Project: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good'

Good luck - the first step is always the hardest.

Liz Stone Abraham said...

Rowena, I quit the corporate world for good about 8 months ago. I had no job prospects, only a vague idea about working with teenagers. I turned the idea into reality by applying for a job as a tutor at a local learning center. I finally understand that I have to care about what I'm doing to be happy. The corporate money was nice, but the work always seemed phenomenally pointless to me. Now, even though I still get tired and aggravated, it's okay because it matters.

Rowena said...

Thanks guys. You are all right. I think I was working there because I was afraid to take the big steps to just get out there and do what I need to.

I have always believed in Following my Bliss. That is where happiness and meaning come from. But I also thought that a little job and a nice environment to get some money could be an exercise in being in the moment. However, this job kept sinking in its ability to fit the bill. Was it my luck, or was it my own message from the universe telling me I wasn't supposed to be there.

And D'arcy, your message from the universe is awesome. Great. I'll take it and just plug in my name.

Onward and Upward ladies.

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