We are human and humble and of the earth, and we cannot create until we acknowledge our createdness. ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking On Water
The first time I saw this quote, it stopped me in the middle of the page. After years of working with spreadsheets and analyses and support ratios, it’s not always easy for me to recognize myself as a creator. Sometimes I get tripped up by my stereotypical mental image of a creative as someone who is a larger-than-life, mercurial person, exuding equal parts whimsey and drama. Not exactly a description I would give of myself. But, in the same way that the gardeners have marked out the planting areas using the beautiful bamboo railings in this picture, the Madeleine L’Engle description marks out what the identity of a creator contains. Human…..humble…..of the earth….acknowledging my createdness. I can feel the nerve endings of my soul unbend and release as I breathe in the truth of this.
Acknowledging my createdness helps me live within the margins by establishing from the outset that it is reasonable and appropriate for me to set limits. There are many things beyond my ability to influence and outside of my responsibility. Among those things I am able to influence, I can choose what to allow within the margins of my life, what commitments I will make, what space I will set aside for the different aspects of my life, including how I will maintain that space by pruning and weeding and fertilizing.
This is Day 10 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is living within the margins. I’m reminding myself that each of us, in some way, is a creator. It’s part of how we reflect the image of the One who created us. And each of us has the ability to choose what we will make space for within our margins.