Welcome to Sunday Everyday.
This is my first official post ahhhhhh…… faint. I hope you enjoy navigating the site. Have a look around and make yourself at home. By doing so you will understand a little more of how this is going to work. Its been a nail-biting 5 months for me personally for many reasons. One of them has been about me being brave enough to step out into the unknown and put this particular dream into action.
For the last 8 years the footnote of all of my emails has read:
“To live a creative life you must lose your fear of being wrong”
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Which is quite hilarious really because the first email that I sent with this quote on it was actually spelled wrong. My dear friend and colleague Llewellyn Watterson, in his gracious and quiet manner, walked into my office and pointed out that I had spelt ‘LOOSE’ instead of ‘lose’. So I was wrong immediately. Story of my life. I guess what I’m trying to say is that being creative is risky, putting dreams into action takes courage. We all struggle with fear but it doesn’t have to rule us. I say this to myself as I launch this blog and hold my breath.
My story is complex and bumpy, hilarious and heart breaking. Those of you who don’t know me will catch glimpses of my journey in my writing. However, the primary reason for this blog is that it be a platform for conversation. It is also designed to be a platform for other writers. I’ve grown some wings and a voice in the last 15 years and there are some things that I want to say. There are some conversations that need to begin. I feel deeply and passionately that we need to hear other voices, other opinions, other ideas and visions. I’m an artist, a creative, a prophet. My primary obligation to this planet is to make people feel stretched, to make them think, to make them look. To move them out of their Comfort Zone.
Please don’t lock down your brains, or dig in your trenches. Please join the conversation.
There is a lovely story of the wolf-spider; it never builds its web between two hard objects like two stones. If it did this, it would be rent by the wind. Instinctively, it builds its web between two blades of grass. When the wind comes it is flexible, it moves and springs back up. I’m reminded of a verse in the bible that was given to me and my husband at my first marriage. Psalm 92:12
The Godly will flourish like a palm tree, they will be like the Cedars in Lebanon.
What this is saying is that these two trees have two distinct characteristics. You only have to observe a tropical storm to see that the palm tree is flexible, it bows low in the wind and then springs up again. The Cedar is very slow-growing and has an extensive root system, but once it is established at maturity it is immobile. I think that we need to be like this. Until we are in our old age, we should be flexible and pliable. Only as we reach the end of our lives and we are established in wisdom should we be more confident in our ways and thoughts.
‘We put terrible pressure on our minds when we tighten them or when we harden our views or beliefs; we lose all the softness and flexibility which makes for real shelter, belonging and protection’.
Creativity demands that we remain flexible, spontaneous. Like a Violin, if the strings are too tight they snap. We also need to be bridges. Being a bridge means we understand the people on each side of that bridge and that we hold the tension perfectly so that both sides feel loved, both feel understood and that we become the bridge that hearts and souls can cross to meet and to unite and to solve the issues of this grief filled planet. That is the definition of peace I believe.
So I encourage you to come on this journey with me. Lets start some conversations, lets hear from some bigger minds and deeper hearts. Lets gain some perspective as we hear the stories of our brothers and sisters. I couldn’t say this any better than Richard Rohr.
Get ready for some new freedom. Some dangerous permission, some hope from nowhere, some unexpected happiness, some stumbling stones, some radical grace, and some new and pressing responsibility for yourself and our suffering world.
With much love. Lisa.