Some of you might know what work in the IT side of an organization is like. As a major release comes due, everyone works 24-7. No hours are off limits or sacred when there’s a major defect on the board. You just work, eat too much and sleep very little. Energy just pours out, and nothing much but junk food goes back in. After several weeks of this, I was tired – very, very tired. On my first free Saturday in a while, I had a personal task list as long as my arm. But I didn’t do any of those things on my list. I felt PULLED to go somewhere outside with my camera – to switch the dial to “receive” and re-fill the well.
In The Artist’s Way at Work, authors Mark Bryan and Julia Cameron talk about the need to take artistic time outs. “…We must consciously restore and replenish. Think of yourself as an ecosystem, perhaps a trout run. If you overfish your stream, you need to restock it. If you put images and energy out, you need to put images and energy back in. This is not goofing off, it is tuning in to your own creative needs.”
So I goofed off and refilled my well. And it was just a little slice of heaven.