Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Artist's Way: Starting Chapter 6 (Senes of Abundance)

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor." ~ Paul Hawken

This was the quote that most spoke to me in the chapter on Abundance. To tell you the truth, I don't really have much issue with abundance and economic well-being.  I went through my broke period when I was younger and working in crappy jobs to get through - even when I was working in jobs that I had thought I was earning a good living at - sometimes I was broke.  I have never believed that I had to be poor to be a writer or to be happy.  I have already suffered for my art, so I don't really feel inclined to do so again.

At this point in my life, I am starting to use some of what I consider my abundance to actually take the time to enjoy life a little.  For example, I am taking a vacation to Dave Walley's resort and spa at the end of October.  I decided I needed a vacation - somewhere fun and where I could just relax and be with my friends. So, I'm going. 

For me the lack of abundance isn't economic - it is that I am time-deprived. It is mostly a self-deprivation and I am looking at that and working on it. Committing to myself that I will take and make time to do art, to write, to read, to relax are the more difficult issues.  I have the whole work-a-holic thing down pretty well by now, so I am looking for inspiration on the other end of the spectrum.  Slowly, but surely, I am getting better about this. 

The more I succeed in making time, the more time I want to make.  I think that is a good relationship.  Something I can sustain.  Something I can be happy about and proud about.


  1. I was only talking about this chapter with a friend today.. and I think abundance for me is finding gratitude in the everyday.. enjoy week 6!!

  2. I have been feel time-deprived myself here lately. Best wishes on making time to enjoy life!

  3. Yes...I think abundance is more about being aware of all of the good things in our lives.

  4. I think that abundance has so many facets and being grateful is all a apart of it too. Wishing you a little more time in your day.



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