Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Devils Workshop
"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children."
There is a sedentary part of motherhood. I oversee piano lessons, drive and wait for kids in the car, oversee homework and computer time - you get the idea. Add to that watching TV programs, books, computer time and phone conversations and my Heine gets plenty of sit time.
I have to admit that I enjoy the sedentary part of my life. The only problem that I can see is that lounging pairs itself effortlessly to eating. The old quote: "idle hands are the devils workshop" could also be changed to idle hands and a sitting bum are Ben and Jerry magnets.
Elder Uchdorfs talk inspired me. If my problem is that I eat when I am still, creating, and keeping my hands busy can keep my mouth empty. I brought back out my crochet hooks and during conference I crocheted a lace edging around a fleece blanket. I felt immensly satisfied because I created and stayed away from the peanut m&m's.
I now want to gain a skill. I want to draw like my brother. My tallented family intimidates me and make me embarrassed to try. Drawing a duck for my daughter depressed me when I had to explain just where the beak was.
A few weeks ago I grabbed an Archie comic book and started cartooning. If I do say so myself I have got Betty and Veronica down. I attempted Ethel but have a bit of work to do on her. You would think she would be easy, but ugly is hard.
I titled my spiral note book "I Wanna Draw" and last night watching the biggest loser I filled up 8 pages of doodles. It was so much fun, very satisfying and completely calorie free. I have found that creating really does have a bigger payoff than eating...Who Knew?? I am so thankful for inspired church leaders. Heavenly Father did not leave us alone to figure it out. I feel very loved!
p.s. Thank you to you all for reading my ramblings. Your comments have meant a lot to me, I am amazed that you all came back! I really needed to do this, I have lost another 2 pounds. Being accountable to an invisible audience works wonders.