Over the past few months I have become something of an avid reader of a website called (in)courage, set up by some lovely Christian ladies. It’s got some great stuff on faith, home, creativity, friendship…all things dear to this country mouse’s heart! I love the encouragement and challenging I receive from reading and engaging with the site.
Anyways, yesterday, one of the (in)courage bloggers, Robin, set us a challenge. To create more. To be creative. As if by magic, it was just what I needed to hear. I am, by my very nature, a creative wee thing, and this can sometimes seem to get a bit lost in amongst the work and the housework and the appointments.
An aside: I remember at my last job, we had to do these profiles to find out what things were most important to us as teachers – teachers tend to be “searchers” or “experts”. I had a fair score in both those areas, but it was my “creator” score that was top by a goodly percentage.
Anyway, I’m lucky in that creative opportunities do crop up within my life (planning a lesson, making a delicious meal, those days where I write a good blog post)… but I’m also aware that making time to be specifically creative, to try new things or remember old favourites, would be good for me.
So Robin’s post spoke to me. And her first challenge also prompted me to invent a new word (haikuise…). Because yes, the first challenge was to write a haiku. So I sat in the stillness, just me and a pen and a cup of tea, and I haikuised the following.
Here are my four haiku on the theme ‘Winter’.
1. Winter warms the heart
Chills the body to the core
Stirs new depths within
One-of-a-kind. Unique. Blessed.
Snowflake. Or human?
3. Icicles grip fast
To the thawing river bank
Against time itself
4. Slowly winter drifts
Away from greyness, ice, snow
Towards spring’s embrace
So, with a slight touch of nerves, I click ‘publish’. Thank you for the challenge, sweet Robin!