Did we know what life was in the cards- one bound by a single pursuit, or one formed by a potpourri of varied experiences--the sporting events, the poetry, the natural world, just to name a few. It always seemed to me, the answer was never purely black and white.
Some say opposites attract, and I’ve found that to be true on more than one occasion. It’s as if some strange magnetized field draws two seemingly incompatible personalities together through a set of circumstances neither could predict.
Maybe in such instances something exists below the surface, beyond the blatantly obvious. I suppose the same could be said for black and white as well--two distinct opposites that become more dynamic in their pairing.
In the weeks following the holiday season, after months of preparing, planning, and traveling, I craved a few moments of unscheduled time--a few idle hours to refresh my spirit in preparation for the new year and the project schedule I’d recently penned.
For me, an idle hour is not void of activity. It is one in which I am quietly engaged in the creative process, unhurried and uninterrupted by my own demands and plans. With a mind as restless and active as mine, this often proves to be difficult. However, in this instance, the appearance of a simple tea tag provided the encouragement I needed to honor my idle choice and stimulate my imaginative mind.
These simple pieces were made to convey both greetings and gratitude to some other “creatives" in my world. I thought they might appreciate the sentiment, “a relaxed mind is a creative mind,” even though I suspected they had little time to abide by it. Yet, I sensed that even the busiest schedule might permit a cup of tea, a note of thanks, or a breath of lavender.
Filled with the textures of smooth, aged buttons and the soothing scents of lavender and tea, my idle hour is now complete. It has been yet another occasion to appreciate the beauty of the simple and the sparse, so much so, that I shall be sure to be idle again.