Being a BeginnerWHEN I WALKED into a watercolor class for the first time, I felt insecure, unprepared, and afraid. I imagined that the other participants knew what they were doing, and many of them did. They were all smiles, lugging their well-worn portfolios of supplies, eager to wet their brushes and dip them in color.
Frankly, I had not even understood the list of supplies — vermilion, cerulean, cadmium, #2 brushes — I didn’t have a clue. … Ready for step-by-step instructions, I was startled when our enthusiastic teacher produced a small vase of common thistle — loaded with lavender blossoms — and said simply, “Paint it.”
Asking for assistance again and again, I haltingly mixed purple and white while wondering about my use of the proper brush. The teacher continued to insist, “Just begin. Just paint.” … I fought to set aside my competitive nature. … My aha moment came with my realization that my inhibitions were stifling the creative urge inside me that was struggling for expression.
– Linda Douty
Rhythms of Growth
From page 295 of Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2014 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When do you feel most creative? Share your thoughts.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Job 38:4, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Antioch (October 17).
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