Have you ever been so deeply involved in what you were doing that you lost track of time? This happens to me when I’m in the ‘creating art’ mode. I’ll be working and look up, notice the clock and that several hours have passed, when it felt like ten minutes. And it often happened to me when I was writing my novel. In fact, some days I’d open the file and read what I wrote last time and think, Okay, who’s been using my computer? 🙂 The experts call this being ‘in the flow,’ so immersed in the creative moment that all else disappears. No time, no worries, no have-to’s, just BEING. A wise friend once told me this ‘flowing’ is not as much about the final product as it is an experience of healing for the artist. “Well, thank you very much,” I said, “but there is a lot of satisfaction from having completed a work of art.” She said she understood, but insisted the process was equally as important. “It brings out what is within.” It must be the same, if not more so, for musicians, because music is the universal language.
I think this ‘flowing’ is where we’re all meant to be, all the time, and that people can become sick if they never get to stop thinking and just ‘be in the moment.’ We’re not meant to be who or what other people tell us we should be; we’re meant to fulfill our purpose for being born. Oftentimes our purpose shows up when we’re children. I was always reading. My mom says from the time I could sit up steadily, I’d put magazines on the floor in front of me and turn the pages like I was reading them. What an image! That was definitely a sign that I would grow up and love to read, and the other side of the coin, to write. I still wish I could write stories that touch the heart the way Charlotte’s Web and Little Women touched mine.
What did you love to do as a kid?