Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. . .
Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of
suspended animation. . . Perfectionism is
a mean, frozen form of idealism, while
messes are the artists’s true friend.
What people somehow forgot to mention
when we were children was that we need
to make messes in order to find out who
we are and why we are here.
Now you know why I love Anne Lamott. Reading these words of wisdom earlier this morning has given me a new way to look at the messes surrounding my work spaces. I am, more often than not, stressed out when I look at the papers and stuff that accumulates in my work areas. The clean-up and organization of these surfaces is always on my “to-do” list, and one of the things that doesn’t get crossed off all that often by the end of the day. I have always looked at this as something I need to fix – “I should be more organized.” However, now I see that these messes are an important part of creativity, and I find that very freeing!!
Bella and Hannah tend to be on the messy side as well. At the start of the evening our living floor is clutter free, but by the time we’re heading upstairs to bed it looks like this (okay, the knitting is mine), stuffed toys, balls and bones everywhere. I never get stressed out about their messes, only look on them with a smile, knowing they had a good time playing, which is the way I will look at my messes from now on. Thank you Anne.