As always, Laura Harms' weekly Zentangle challenge fit right into my "life's lesson plan." The challenges have an uncanny way of appearing exactly at the right moment... pushing exactly the buttons that need to be pushed. How does she do that?
Daved and I just took some time off in the form of a really long weekend. That meant three actual workdays that we didn't work (plus the two 'freebie' weekend days!). I came back to a pile of emails and rush jobs and needy kitty cats that missed their 'mommy.' We also came back to budding trees, all green and fuzzy, and a side yard of beautiful daffodils! Things had geared up while we were gone, and beginning a work week on a Tuesday instead of a Monday, it felt a little like the world had started back up without me.
No time to tangle? Hmm? Not even 15 minutes?
I began with a Zentangle® pre-strung tile today. Laura's advice was to simplify. Even though I think I don't think about the string, once I reached for a pre-strung tile, I felt a lightness come over me. That part was already done! I opened my book of tangles and following the stream of lightheartedness, picked something simple, as I was trying to stay away from thinking altogether. I looked at the clock to begin. I went a little over my 15 minutes, but when that happened, it felt so luxurious that I did another tile. I used the same pre-strung tile on the second one just to see how different it could become.
It's always amazing how one string can float into so many different forms. There are a million creative ways to be with a string, to be with the time of day. We can structure our minutes and time however it works for us. We can allow room for all of it!
I found that in the space between my deadlines and lists, there really is 15 minutes, even more. It turns out that was the best thing I could have done today. It helped me feel a little more balanced. It is what it always is, whether it's a Monday or a Tuesday. It all feels the same after a little tangle time.
Thank you, Laura. And thanks, Rick and Maria for the pre-strung tile idea.