A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE
What a glorious first year I’ve enjoyed as DirectorCurator of artCentral. We’ve refreshed and reset Hyde House, launched our new signature logo and colors, celebrated our thirtieth anniversary, grown and expanded our programs, filled our classrooms to brimming with summer artCampers, added new members and volunteers, opened our doors for presentations and tours, offered outstanding Exhibitions and enjoyed a stellar first Holiday Boutique.
When in late December I left for Jersey, I knew I was very fatigued, but I also knew, in the company of my family I would be rejuvenated. I was. Returning home, before my bag was unpacked, the weight of debilitating fatigue hit again full force, rendering me limp with no choice but to retreat, rest and nurture myself back to my usual vitality.
There is a time to every purpose and to everything there is a season. Now, in the depth of winter, seems the perfect season to practice sanctuary in my cottage—to rest, reflect and reset to begin again.
At a time like this when exhaustion comes knocking, I’m painfully aware of my best kept secret: I am an introverted introvert. Yes, on a personality questionnaire, I fall off the introversion end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Bottom line: To live a balanced, healthy and happy life, I need significant time alone with spacious hours free of peopled interactions—hours to rest, refresh and resource by being still and quiet and nourishing my spiritual life.
Looking to this new year before me, as I continue to pour my passion and energy into artCentral, I will mindfully, consistently give myself enough time to recharge. This means working a sensible number of hours each day and five days a week instead of seven.
I’m making a good start. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I spent delicious hours in my cottage, painting at my easel. Painting is my short cut to “that other side”, where life is lush and easy. Where energy flows unrestricted. The place where I am most aligned and vibrating in sync with the source of my creating. Painting is my happy place. I will paint.
There is a time to every purpose. I am trusting that if I consistently give myself the quality restorative time I need, if I take time to resource and paint, all artCentral’s important work will get done and our mission to support and promote art and artists, including myself, will continue to thrive.