Maybe it’s just my own microscopic view of the various blogs and sites I follow, but I get the definite impression that things are a little slow right now. People don’t seem to post as often, and I know I haven’t either. Maybe I’m just projecting my own behavior onto others.
Life gets busy, and there’s always something more pressing to do than write or paint or whatever it is people do to express themselves and let others know we exist. But we need to fight this tendency to withdraw into a safe, familiar, “housekeeping” kind of life.
I think we need to put ourselves out there amongst our fellow creatures, as painful as that task can be, because if there’s one thing I’ve come to realize, it is that all life happens through other people. Like it or not.
Your stuff, your house, and all the various “things” that we let occupy our lives with busywork don’t help us grow. Only by interacting as much as possible with others do we really grow. This isn’t always easy, or pleasant, but if we want to stay open to life and not shut off the flow, we need to connect to the tap, so to speak. And that is other critters, of all descriptions and temperaments.
We need time to ourselves as well, to process things. But we can’t get stuck in our own self-referential loop.
I think there’s a quote in the Bible that says something about “as iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens man”. We need to rub up against the pleasant and not-so-pleasant among us.
So it’s time to see if the cutting edge has any rust on it. If it does, get out there and hone it back to a keen edge.