Sometimes new form is difficult. Not the birth of it, I think that just happens. The acceptance of it. That is often blocked by our choosing NOT to show it.
I don't know about you but I can say in all honesty, audience is a factor. Well, after all my years I know in my heart that is probably always true. There is a need to share, but we shape it. So new form is rare. Because it isn't easy to explain. And may not fit to expectation. May not be "marketable". Even if we are not selling anything, we are still "selling self" in a way, although that is a harsh way to put it. Like Deb, I have been thinking about what we share and what we choose not too. And then, what we share, how that also might fall back on "old form". The familiar, the way we are expected to handle it. The self we are known as. There was a long story here that seemed to happen in an instant. There were choices and I left the cute behind.
I want to call this The Need to Explain. But then, for now, not explain.
I threw this onion end in the compost. It seems to have other ideas.
Commenting late as usual…but I’ve been thinking about this a lot and wanted to add something. I took a class called “Woven Cultures” about the Andean weaving traditions prior to Spanish colonization. They had very traditional patterns and designs that they repeated over and over. Even using the same colors. A tiny change in color was a big innovation. There was no expectation of “new forms.” Interesting how far we have come from that. We have an agitation about new designs and how to share them that I don’t think existed in our species’ past. No wonder it is puzzling. I appreciate our innovations very much but I also wonder what it was like to just do what our mothers did in a long chain of tradition.
This is a good point. I think they can exist side by side, but I remind myself how long it probably took to get to the tradition itself. How much evolution is actually in tradition. And then just how much tradition gets in the way of change. This is good to consider. Reconsider. Humans create their own limitations. Some out of fear. Perhaps tradition is a safety net. Still it has it’s own beauty. It can stay as a story and we can move on as well.
very wise thoughts, yes, good to consider and re-consider
I’ve been thinking about this a lot … how much to share “hard stuff” without sounding needy versus only sharing the “good stuff” (sometimes called the “curated life”) … trying to find the balance between those two things … and then I think how trees sway in the wind, like the being in your cloth, bending, but not breaking
yes sharing it without seeming to be searching for sympathy or advise.
Flexibility, How to maintain that, in so many ways… Certainly on my mind a lot.
at first it was a leafcat and then an example of the wonder FULL kinds of praying mantis but then,
just now, a fish singing.
it all has to be there, somehow.
I see those, too, or a Siamese cat, or an alien with wavy hair.
I want to be as a child; learning & creating with no expectations–every new and miraculous.
Hard to return to that…
Its been a looooooong time
This is an EXCELLENT topic. It’s so hard to do, but throwing expectation and ‘is this good enough’ right out the window is the right thing to do, otherwise we can never move forward.
Sometimes we might forget what moving forward even is…
Mmmm…good food for thought here. I wonder, how does selling self differ from selling out? In our online sharing, presenting…there are so many elements that shape that…
Good and big question. A fine line I think…
There is so much encouragement to sell out.
I like that you leave room for the eye of the beholder 💙
I love this kind of process, it put me in such a good mood today.
what Mo said…
Afraid to share happened today.. a woman knitting a beautiful shawl with expensive yarn and we talked of her quilting large bed quilts.. she exudes money..is in a nice camper.. i judged she would not understand my Slow stitching with scraps… many emotions reading this post.. and so glad I can connect with like minded people and learn more of myself and how to grow in my personal and creative selves. Swaying cat beast teaches to bend with what comes.
I lived half my life in fear of revealing myself.
The sway, the curve, the leaning…the dance of change
This is metamorphose : a Greek work meaning “after – the form”
the word metanoia comes to mind … “a transformative change of heart … spiritual conversion” (m-w.com)
There is this idea in transformation circles — that growth often looks messy and like a step backwards. But even that idea (like the pressure to share) can be inhibiting. What if my mess is just a mess?
What if, In perspective ,nothing is just anything….?
And this is why I keep coming back for more. Pushing the envelope of what it means to create. What it means to have a self with all her attachments.
love the thought of tossing many ideas into a creative compost ‘n just seeing what grows… x
I love the form that new growth often takes. .
Sometimes, maybe always, our toughest audience is ourselves. Trying to listen for the heart whispers under the noisy Judge Evaluator. It’s a daily practice. I am trying to remember what play feels like, your reaching form helps me see what it may look like!
It probably depends on what we allow ourselves to play with.
Beauty from ashes.
Leaning looks to me like she is intently curious. Newly hatched and open to receive cues on the next bend in direction.
Expectation is a kind of fence, a trap. And… “cute.” It’s a hot button word for me at work, with the children. Deep breath. 🙂
Yes, children. How much children are a target of marketing…
love this bending into form tickled by the swirling spiraling from the moon
Leaning is a great exercise.