AN INVITATION TO BE.
There’s an old fridge in the basement studio at Bungalow Pottery Studio. It’s from the first owners. I updated the fridge in the kitchen upstairs, and put it downstairs. Other than the “different strokes” magnet on the fridge there was nothing that noticed.
Last night I was finishing glazing, feeling so behind in my orders––I just got a new kiln, which was TWICE the size of my old one. Picking up messes, towels in the basket, wiping down, and thinking, “I need to get these orders out, I wish this would hurry up.”
Then I looked up.
Id never seen this magnet on there. I didn’t any of those word poem magnets that I was aware of.
I was so focused on doing, productivity and progress had stolen my joy. Anxiety over appeasing customers, whom I’d explained the delay to, and they all were graciously understanding.
I hadn’t really listened to them–they told me they understood–and I had dismissed their kindness. I had loathed this load in the kiln and made additional pieces I approved of, but they didn’t have the love, excitement, and joy my other pieces have.
Be. Don’t do. I’m not a human doing, neither are you. Be a human being. BE A BEING.
Today, while the kiln cools down, I’m working on the website, and thinking to myself, I want to spread my joy, be present with people in their homes, tables, and create gathering.
I can’t do that if I’m letting my joy be stolen. Neither can you.