I’m participating in a creative exercise called “InspirationRX” via Besotted Brand blog.
Each week we are given a prompt word and those participating come up with a creative expression such as an illustration, photo or craft. The important thing is that it has to be your own work!
This week’s prompt was the word “Listen”. What happens when you stop and close your eyes and listen? What do you hear? What thoughts, ideas come to mind?
I first did this little exercise at my local Whole Foods. I was there by myself, having lunch and enjoying a delicious bowl of carrot Thai food. Usually I would dig my phone out and read the news or look at Pinterest while I’m eating. Instead this time I savored my soup, closed my eyes and just listened.
It was midday and Whole Foods is far from quiet! I kept hearing the “din din din” sounds of the check out register. Foot steps everywhere and all the bustling and rushing all at once.
I decided to go to my car and get back on the road to pick up my sons from school. This time, I stayed in the car in front of the school and just listened. It was very quiet, there were faint laughs of students walking to the bathroom, a dog barking at a distance and the wind. I started thinking how my days are going to get even busier and busier with the holidays happening soon. October is just fading away too fast.
Fast forward to Sunday, I’m in a quiet house (the boys went fishing with Paul) and my little girl is still under the weather napping on the couch. I sat by my crafting table enjoying every single minute of solitude. I decided to put together a vignette of a peaceful scene during the winter. I worked with a very subtle palette, whites, creams and silver. Please take a look below.
This vignette represents a quiet Christmas Eve at home. I will hang this craft by the door to remind me to be still, quiet and listen. With three little kids this can be close to impossible, but if I pursue a little bit of quietness during the day or evening, I will feel more peaceful and not get carried away by all the noise, to-do lists and the never-ending Christmas shopping. I want to remain still and peaceful. There is a verse from the book of Psalms that expresses exactly what I long to feel this Christmas season. Peace and contentment celebrating the birth of my Saviour.
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