The other day I talked about creating for practical purposes. That type of creating is actually easier for me. When we have people over for dinner, I dream about what kind of dessert to make. I know we will eat it, we’ll serve and be hospitable to our guests through it and I enjoy it as well. It works out well for everyone involved! But it is more of a challenge for me to make time to create things when it serves no other purpose than simply creating.
If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
-William Morris (English textile designer, artist, writer)
I love this quote. And I am 100% behind the useful part. But I can struggle with the beautiful part. If it’s beautiful and useful I am ALL for it. I am slightly OBSESSED with my sling – the color is gorgeous and it’s my favorite baby item. Useful and beautiful! I also love my kitchen aid mixer! So wonderfully useful. But things that are only beautiful? Flowers, art. It can be hard for me to make them a priority. Many of my walls are bare and if they have something on it, it’s family photos. Those I feel are useful as well because we get to share and see happy family moments!
One of my biggest takeaways from my 31 days of creativity is that creating is important. It’s an important end in itself to feel close to our Creator and it can cause refreshment and a reawakening in our souls. Create to create. This is new for me.