“I don’t have TIME to be sick!” was my reaction when I woke up with a scratchy throat.
And then it dawned on me. I am badly infected with Hurry Sickness. It’s not a diagnosis your doctor will ever make, but it’s an affliction nonetheless. And I know a great remedy for it, short term anyway.
A rainy afternoon crafting with your favorite girlfriends. It’s what I call “recess for grown-ups” and it works wonders.
I called up a few friends and invited them for a few joyful hours of play in my studio. Because I was working on a new book on crafting, I invited them to try out some of the projects. Because they know my studio is full of paper and glitter, antique type and vintage lace, papier mache supplies and soldering irons they all jumped at the chance.
We made a terrific mess and ate too much chocolate, we laughed until the tears ran down our faces. When they left I realized I hadn’t worried about a deadline or glanced at my watch all afternoon. My neck wasn’t tight and my teeth weren’t clenched.
We can’t erase stress from our lives or throw out the crammed calendar, but we can build in spaces of time to snip some paper or solder a necklace. Time for creative play. Recess!
My book is out now and the calendar is too crammed. I think it’s time for another stress breaking afternoon. Time for recess again!
My name is Sharyn Sowell and you can find more of my artwork at www.SharynSowell.com
GIVEAWAY: Sharyn has graciously offered to giveaway one of her books. TO ENTER simply post your comment on her entry and we'll pull the winner out of a hat! Good Luck! This offer ends on November 19, 2009