On this last weekend of 2017, the Minnesota meteorologists on the news are telling me to look forward to 90 continuous hours of subzero weather. Too cold to go out, I have this glorious weekend of “unplanned time” ahead of me.
I plan on using this indoor time for creativity.
Writer, Brenda Ueland, in her classic book, If You Want to Write, said, “…So you see, imagination needs moodling —long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering.”
The words moodling, dawdling, puttering all make me happy. They are fun words. Words that we are not encouraged to really think about doing today.
“Idling! How dare you be idle! There are groceries to buy, floors to mop, clothes to wash!”
For imagination to strike or allow to surface, puttering is a necessary technique.
I know time is not wasted when I dawdle. When I start going through my piles, drawers, boxes. I know I will find things I had forgotten about. And I know I will strike gold. Ideas, stories, and words will start appearing. New connections will be made.
And I will wonder, “Why haven’t I done this more?”
But that answer is way too easy. Busyness is a product of our culture.
Perhaps in 2018, I will declare more days to puttering without having an excuse like the weather.