I finally finished Ila’s Christmas gift. In the days leading up to the big day it became more and more clear to me that it wasn’t going to be finished in time. There was just too much to get done. I decided to just let it go.

I’m finding this is the key to happiness these days. Plans change, things I want to get done don’t get done, time to myself never seems to happen. Instead of fighting all this, I’ve decided to surrender to it.

Sosi added a little scribble to this piece on a particularly naughty day. My first instinct was to get upset with her, but then I thought about it more and I thought what a sweet contribution to her sister’s gift. It certainly speaks of our lives these days. There are no boundaries between my life, art and these children, it is all one big messy imperfect  pile.


4 thoughts on “surrendering

  1. Thank you for this. I think some days I surrender, and some days I fight, but no matter which way I approach things, the “big messy imperfect pile” is still there at the center of everything. And getting okay with that is an ongoing challenge.

    When you have a spare moment (ha!) check out this issue of Purpose, an online photography magazine from France – it’s all about childhood, and includes some charming and beautiful pictures of “the pile” : )


  2. Your gift is very nice, Ila will love it! I understand what you mean, I have also accepted I didn’t have time to finish what I wanted to make… and it felt much better then!


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