the other day i was reading one of my new favorite blogs, crafty ginger. the post was all about life and disappointment and finding balance and happiness. she quoted bruce lee, "be formless... shapeless, like water. if you put water into a cup, it
becomes the cup. you put water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. you put it into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. water can flow, and it
can crash. be like water, my friend..." the whole post and the bruce lee quote in particular have stuck with me.
as i've gotten older, i've gotten much better at going with the flow. i've been working at a job that has forced this shift within me. its a hard job, a job i love but a hard job nonetheless. i'd lose my mind if i couldn't go with the flow. but i still have my moments: when grandpa was dying; when grandma's not doing great; when things get out of control at work; when i have inexplicable headaches for two weeks straight... my job is why i started crafting. i needed an outlet. something that would allow me to empty my mind of b'nai mitzvah dates and funeral arrangements. i can put all of that energy into the artwork, the purse, the necklace...
i make stuff. things sell. and they don't. its slow. and it can be rewarding. and frustrating. but i won't stop. the process sustains me. it allows me to be like water.