Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Noticing Beauty vs. Productivity
With a busy summer of travel and only a few days at home in between, I've been trying to be very productive during our days at home. While this has been lovely, needed, beneficial and so glorious to get so much done - I am noticing that when I get in this productivity mode, beauty falls by the wayside many times.
I get going on a project or trying to complete something and because I am such a finisher - will carry it through until the end. When this happens, it is hard to slow or pause and I notice that I am missing opportunities for little moments of slow and the simple joy of enjoying everyday beauty of life.
Naturally, this causes me to stop and consider - is there a way to be more balanced in this? I'm not sure I know the answer to that yet, but it is something I'm mulling over right now. Typically, I do go through seasons of greater productivity and then greater creativity and perhaps back again. Maybe it is just a normal cycle of life for me.
I would love to hear your thoughts and observations on this as well if you have any insight to share! Of course, remembering to ask God for His help is where I've started. Asking God to continue to cultivate the heart of creativity and beauty He has given me and to learn to balance being productive with the slowing down to enjoy the beauty of life.
For now, I'm so grateful for the opportunity to go camping. Camping has a way of naturally slowing us down to enjoy God's amazing creation, reading, playing together as a family and resting.