Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How Perfectionism Prevents Creativity From Flourishing

Both of my parents were perfectionists.  It was a bit difficult for them to accept
the fact that they had given birth to a free spirit who did not feel harnessed by
that perfectionistic behavior.  Perhaps I rebelled against it because I 
understood the tension it created, or perhaps I was just wired differently.
I am not sure.

My Daddy was less concerned by the perfect than my Mama.  She had to
make sure that everything she started must be finished without mistake.
I never understood her attitude completely until she told me that her
own father once criticized her for using an eraser to alter a word on
her homework.  He asked, "Why must you use an eraser?  Why don't
you think carefully before you print out your homework assignment?"
She told me she never forgot those words, and from that moment on
she was very careful.  It's my belief now that she carried that sense of
caution throughout her life.  

She never realized our fully embraced her talents, of which there were
many.  She always had beautiful flower gardens.  She always decorated
our home to perfection.  She was an excellent baker and she could
decorate a cake as well as any professional.  She sewed many darling
dresses for my dolls, and her Christmas wrappings were always so 
original and beautiful that we hardly wanted to open our gifts.

One of her pursuits was taking a china painting class.  This was
her first creation.   I didn't see it for the longest time because
she didn't think it was very good.  She compared herself to others
in the class and envied their talent.  In my mind, it is a beautiful
plate and it shows to me that she indeed had the soul of an artist.
It's charming in it's simplicity and conveys a sense of joy to
the eye.  I only wish that she recognized this talent she possessed,
and that she would have enjoyed it more fully.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver

Monday, June 8, 2020

Where I Create

This is my little corner of the world.  It's a part of my office,
and for me, it's where dreams are hatched, and creativity can

My inner child comes to play here, and there are no
boundaries to where my imagination can take me.

Everyone needs a little spot where they can dream big dreams,
and to continue to be in awe of the wonders of the world.

You can create your own special place, even if it's just on a shelf.

Thank you for visiting my special place!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver

Thursday, June 4, 2020

What Should I Make For Dinner Tonight?

Recently, my mind has been swimming with ideas for dinner.
Today, I have hit the wall.  No ideas at all.  I have been so 
preoccupied with doctor's appointments that I haven't given
cooking a thought.  Well, I had my last appointment this afternoon, 
and I won't have to go back for another three weeks.  Time to focus
on cooking again ... but what?  

The pantry is a bit bare, and I need to order groceries again. 
Now is a good time to pull out some recipes so that I can make
a list of what I need.  I wish Paula Deen would move next door
so that I get some help.  I watch her YouTube channel all the time,
not just for her recipes, but for entertainment too.  She always
has a big smile on her face and her cheerfulness is so contagious!

Maybe I'll make some sautéed chicken, country green beans, garlic mashed 
potatoes and buttermilk biscuits for dinner.  I think that Paula just jumped
into my head and gave me that inspiration!  Thank you Paula!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver


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