The Book I’d Like to Read
The book I was reading is World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwan. I cannot recommend this book enough. As someone who thought they were beyond done with reading about creativity, I found this book so beautiful and nourishing to read. I don’t think of it so much about creativity, but a meditation on the pace of life, using artists, writers, and poets as a lens. It was a good reminder to focus on what matters to me most and how to be more present in life as a practice. All this is true, AND it is clear to me that the author does not have children–which makes her assertions and some of her ideas often impractical for the frazzled parent (a.k.a me). I actually tried getting up at 4:30 all last week inspired by her example of the writer (and father) William Styron to spend some time writing and drawing, but it turned out to be a hellish week of school delays among a work deadline. My stress level was so high, due to the demands of work and home, that the early hours were eaten up in just trying to get work done. Ah well–perhaps I will try it again in the spring, when weather is not such a factor, and I will lower my expectations (which is parenting 101).