This week, I largely avoided the news.
There comes a point when the events of the world are just so frustrating, so maddening, that it does me no good to try to keep up with it. I simply shut it all out. I know, I’m kind of a fatalist. Things are going to do what they are going to do whether I read about it or not.
However, I was pleasantly surprised at just how fruitful everyone else was this week. Here are a few things that fueled me.
On My Calendar
It occurred to me recently that it has been a very long time since I tried anything new. When was the last time I actually did something where I might fail, where I have to be a student, an amateur?
Enter Thursday nights. I’ve had an itch in the back of my mind for a couple of years now, and I’m finally scratching it. I signed up for a basic woodworking class at our local guild. Not because I have to, or I want to start a new career or open an Etsy shop. I don’t care if what I bring home looks like a child made it. I am so thrilled to just try something new.
This week, I got to make two radio appearances to discuss faith and creativity, one of them with WP of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams. Either by accident or providence, the very next day a teacher friend brought in Pat’s book How to Be Like Walt. Williams has a whole series of these books that discuss how we can capture the “magic” of particular cultural heroes. I’m excited to dive into this one, just in time to see Tom Hanks play Walt Disney later this season.
In My Blog Reader
There were just lots of great blogs to read this week, more than I can name.
Emily Freeman shared a fantastic little post about art and referenced my all time favorite clip of Fred Rogers: What Martha Steward and Mr. Rogers Can Teach Us About Art.
Tyler Braun gave some much needed advice to a generation that is obsessed with finding our dream jobs. Tyler is not only offers challenging, but wise advice: Three Reasons You Should Keep Your Job.
Lindsey McPhail hits it on the head with this one. I cannot tell you how much of my adult life I suffered from this insidious, joy-killing addiction. It is especially timely as we come into the busy holiday season: A Joyless Journey: Addicted to Saying Yes.
Finally, I’m always a fan of Sammy Adebiyi and his way of weaving stories together: Prodigals, Cavities, and Why Grace is So Unfair.
I am always so thankful for thoughtfulness and creativity, especially when the world seems to be so lacking in both.
Those are few things that fueled my week. What about you?