Reading Big Magic with a group means that we have journal prompts for different sections.
Reflect on an idea that ran away from you. Why did you dismiss it? I don’t know that I dismiss ideas as much as I start them and then get stalled. For example:
- Last year I wanted to make homemade knitted items for all of my daughters. They’re about 90% done (sorry girls!) and still sitting. And I’ve started another knitting project since then.
- I bought a lot of painting supplies after going to a few painting group events. I don’t think I’ve gotten them out since then.
- You don’t even want to know how many journals I own that have some writing in them but that are not complete.
So I don’t know that any ideas run away from me. I think I run away from them. Or meander away from them. Running sounds like there is intention involved and if anything, this is from lack of intention and lack of focus.
It’s time to make amends. Moving forward, how can you honor your inspiration and bring your ideas to life? For starters, I can stop and think before I bring another one into the world. I can ask myself if I have the time and desire to nurture it or if this is an idea that can just as easily belong to someone else. Is this something that will absolutely make my heart sing or is it simply a nice idea? Something that may work well in general but not necessarily needed in my life? And when I do bring an idea into the world, I need to commit to spend time with it regularly — maybe daily — maybe weekly — but regularly. I value creativity and purpose and intention and want my life to reflect those ideals.