Tomorrow, some of my artsy friends & I are gathering for a “play date”. It’s a very special time when we can let go of obligations & work on our art among kindred spirits. I love this time! Sometimes, a member brings a product we’ve never used before & we “oooh & aaah” over it, eager to try it for ourselves. Inspired. Other times, someone shares a technique that may enhance our own creativity. But every time, we nurture & are nurtured by one another. We’ve experienced a lot together from weddings to funerals & from raising teenagers to caring for elderly parents. Whatever one of us is experiencing, another member of the group has already met a challenge like it, bringing a gentle strength to the person in need. I treasure these women for their wisdom, humor, & encouragement.
Spending time with supportive, positive people (as I mentioned in my post Creativity Needs Encouragement) is one way I “refill my well”… taking so I have more to give. It’s not selfish to take time for ourselves, whether it’s a hot bubble bath or a creative play date with friends. If we don’t care for our own physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual health, we won’t have the necessary resources to care for anyone else properly.
Who nurtures you? Who do you nurture? What do you do to “refill your well”?