The holidays – a time filled with fairy dust and joy, family and friends, right? I think for most of us that’s not the case. There is so much pressure on relationships, unrealistic expectations of time compounded by what is “supposed” to be the happiest time of year setting us up for a depressing round of the holiday blues.
Why bother with the gift giving, the festivities, the hope of joy? What if it’s all just a dismal failure once again? That’s where the magic comes in! Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, has now given us Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear. What if we chose to live this holiday season driven by curiosity rather than fear?
Gilbert encourages a life accepting fear, arguing that fear is boring and not smart. What is brilliant is your creativity and personality, and that is where you feel light and joyous! Maybe your handmade gifts are not Etsy-worthy, but did you love the process of creativity? Did you give with love? Your thanksgiving Brussels sprouts may not impress Gordon Ramsey, but they’re yours to share! Creativity is a path for the brave.
If only there was a tool to help us be brave and remain open to the genius of creativity in all areas of life, like a pair of magic sunglasses to view the world in a different light. Earlier this year I had the privilege to visit a nursing home with other library staff and volunteers and read to the residents. One of the books was Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean. These magical optics turned a grumpy cat into a cool cat who could see “the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I’m feeling alright”! The lady I was reading with did not have much to look forward to, but she caught that message. Confined to her chair, unable to speak intelligibly, I could hear her repeating parts of the book after me. I slowed my speech to match her pace, and we repeated “the sun was shining, the birds are singing, and I’m feeling alright” until we both did – without magic sunglasses!
Need an injection of magic, the bravery to be creative, or a pair of magic sunglasses to try on? Come hear Eric Litwin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pete the Cat series at the Belle Isle Library on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. or Southern Oaks Library on Thursday, December 3 at 12:45 or 1:45 p.m. Can’t make it in person for the songs and frivolity? Let’s purpose to live each moment of this holiday season open to the genius of creativity.