“Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu
I went to the Japanese Gardens earlier this week and contemplated this. In that setting, this favorite quote of mine felt very true and zen. But then I got home.
Watching the squirrels race up and down trees, my mood changed. “Obviously some parts of nature are in a hurry! We’ve got shit to do!!”
Google found this variant on Lao Tzu’s wisdom, which is more applicable to me at the moment:
“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
And so it is. Little by little, box by box, bead by bead, I’m packing up my life here in Spokane. It is overwhelming. I ping pong from peaceful and happy to “holy fuck how am I going to do this?!?!” I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff over the years! Most of the stuff I don’t have a problem parting with, but I do feel this sense of responsibility – I don’t want to dump it. I want it to go to people who need it, or want it, or who will create art with it.
The Ralphie quote also strikes a chord with me because the whole reason for my move is my soon-to-be husband, who studies atoms and neutrinos. His scientific mindset is a good counterpoint to my anxious squirrel behavior. Plus he calculates things like the halfway point to our wedding date.
Saturday 8/17 I have a booth at the Garland Block Party. It will be the second time I’ve had both of my jewelry lines on display in the same booth. I find it highly entertaining to watch people’s reactions. After the move and our wedding, one of my big projects will be finding a way to integrate Gogoshebogo and FYeah. Both are true representations of me – I can’t have one without the other. No hills without valleys, no light without dark, no peaceful zen yoga moments without some fucking breakdowns. And – no time to write until I clear away the clutter! xo