Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Creativity Over Pain...
This morning was horrid. I hate going to the dentist at the best of times. I’ve never frozen well and luckily my dentist here has a new technique that drills a tiny hole into the jaw and then puts the freezing in there where all the nerves are... but working on replacing a back temporary filling to put in something permanent did not go as well as the last time. Unlike the pain of labour, I had nothing productive to show for the suffering.

What I did discover, to my surprise, is that it is possible to think and be creative even in he midst of pain and tears. Thinking about a layout that I was wrestling with for this children’s book actually helped get me through the worst of the drilling. The author had a certain idea for the layout over a center page spread, but as I sketched it out, the perspective for the scene ends up being a bit too long and boring. I came back home after the dentist with my mouth still very frozen and throbbing to dive into thumbnails of other possibilities that took me almost through lunchtime. That was actually a good thing. Anyone who has ever tried to eat while the last traces of freezing is still wearing off knows just how messy things can get. Luckily there were no hidden cameras to catch this dragon drooling!

No wonder athletes are told to visualize a course or game in their minds. No wonder cancer patients try to work on positive images or imagine the battle going on in their cells being victorious. Our ability to imagine is one of the things that truly sets us apart from the other inhabitants of this planet. Our urge to make marks, tell stories, sing, dance and celebrate all that is creative makes us unique. It can lift us out of horrid times, give us hope that things can change and can soothe us in the midst of turmoil.

This is today’s lesson, learned unexpectedly. That amid the shifting pieces of pain in my kaleidoscope today, I could still find patterns of beauty, imagine other images and endure that moment until I could come home and feel healed just by picking up my pencil to draw a scene.

5 comments:

Erin said...

Oh, I know. The dentist stinks! At least you got something good out of it? LOL And I see you also figured out that your old template could not support comments. I was going to email you that, but just never got to it yesterday. Hope you enjoy the direct feedback!

jan said...

hello and may I be the honored stranger to make the first comment. I enjoy your writing so much and the reason for that is your energy and enthusiasm. I feel your pain and at the same time I do so love your creativitiy. Now, you are wondering who I am??? I am Jan in Japan and your sister so kindly volunteered your generosity and you have both contributed so lovingly to THE QUILT which I am creating for my parent`s 50th anniversary. You will eventually get a picture and some lovely thank you gifts and you will have the honor of being a part of THE QUILT. Thank you so much!!!

Jan

Jennifer said...

Thanks to both of you for posting the first comments! I fixed my link to your blog, Erin, and I totally enjoyed hunting for fabric for you, Jan!

May creativity catch you in unexpected ways and brighten your days!

Erin said...

No problem! I figured it was just a comma out of place or something. You know that pesky code. It's so picky! LOL I'm just honored to be on the list at all. :-)

tkdchick said...

I can't imagine the dragon being afraid of anything! But going to the dentist really does suck (says she whose been avoiding it!)