He came in from fishing and over supper asked if I had been “orchiding”. I was puzzled for a moment. Then, I remembered that is what he has dubbed my pursuit of personal growth and creativity. He asked if I had painted and I replied no. I was still feeling stalled. I reflected on my day. I made some discoveries.
What had I done all day? I cried some. I wrote down some questions. I identified some of the myths I believe. For me they are truths right now, but I want to strike down the myths because they are harmful rather than examples for which to aspire. Remember that whatever one believes is the truth for them.
I had also spent time scrubbing the stove top. It was long overdue. Yes. Even cleaning house can be considered “orchiding” when it relieves my tension and improves my immediate environment.
I rearranged the clothes in my closet in anticipation of warmer weather. I recently explained to a friend that I no longer complain about the weather. The weather is the business of God. Who am I to complain about His business? But, I still must prepare to dress for it. I have tried to get my clothes situated to make easier dressing. I wear jeans and boots or sandals to work. I have collected men’s shirts from a resale shop that I enjoy wearing. I like to add scarves and necklaces to soften my appearance. Getting ready for spring counts for me, too, as “orchiding”.
I ironed embroidery stencils onto two of those shirts.
I worked out the next part of my flower trio paintings. I figured out the next step, but I have not yet applied the paint.
I stopped at the cemetery and captured some images of the camellia and its blooms.
So, the answer is yes. I did do some “orchiding”. It is not always just about being at the easel or desk working directly on arts and crafts. It is also taking time to think and to feel and to dream. I will continually need to remind myself of this. I appreciate his asking the question.
One of my favorite things:
This is the gravesite of my great grandparents. Her name was Camilla. Hence, the camellia over her resting place.