Present buying, parties, mince pies, egg nog, food buying, COOKING, Christmas cards, more egg nog.
It’s official – this can be a very BUSY time of the year.
And as we know, busyness is the enemy of sitting down to paint.
Which is ironic, because painting can actually neutralise the feelings of being hurried:
“Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste” Theodore Roethke
So this week, to inspire you to make some space to slow down and paint over the holidays, I wanted to share with you the remarkable talk ‘When you feel the need to speed up, slow down’ by Kimi Werner.
Kimi’s a free-diver who had an encounter with a great white, which turned into a beautiful, experience of a lifetime, purely because she was able to SLOW right down instead of panicking and speeding right up!
Though it feels counter-intuitive, rejecting the ‘speed-up’ impulse is a great skill to develop.
The talk is quite long but the amazing shark incident is shown after only about 5 mins:
Naturally I need to take my own advice here.
I’ve actually just spent the majority of the last 6 weeks under a duvet.
Just as my to do list was growing to epic proportions with the addition of ‘Christmas Stuff’ I came down with flu.
Yes, ‘proper flu’, not just a cold.
For the first few days I tried to fight it (I did NOT have time to be ill!) but it just made matters worse.
So I had to give in, load up Netflix and let the to-do list fly out of the window.
And now, at last, I’m recovered!
We’re traveling to Germany for Christmas with my brother who lives there – even Dexter the dog is coming with us – he’s excited to say that his pet passport is all up to date!
Our bodies DEMAND time to slow down, especially at this time of year when (in the northern hemisphere anyway) the days are so short. It’s what the Christmas holidays should be about.
So please don’t do what I did and power-on until your body forces you to have some down-time.
How about letting the Christmas meal, and the clearing up afterwards, be a team event?
Try not to take on too much, and find a couple of hours for a slow, relaxing painting session this Christmas.
I’d love to know – do you have any strategies for carving out time for yourself over the holidays?
Do you eat out for Christmas dinner, or perhaps you keep Christmas shopping to a minimum with a secret Santa? Please let us know in the comments below.
Happy relaxed holidays,