My Wild and Precious Life

Tell me, what is it you plan to do 

With your one wild and precious life?

The wonderful and sorely missed Mary Oliver asks this question in The Summer Day. The way I think about that question has changed.  I used to say I wanted to fit it all in. To savour every secondsuck out the marrow of life and do as much as I can. I wanted to make every second count and enthusiastically agreed with an energetic friend who encouraged busyness saying You spend a lot of time lying down when you are dead.

I still want to savour but now I believe that a second counts even if I am not cramming a billion tasks into it. I am letting go of seeing exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as a measure of self worth*.  I hunger for times of slowness, stillness. This morning, I stopped my run mid way and walked to a favourite rock and just sat. I watch hot air balloons float and land. I listened to birdsong. I watched a shy black wallaby forage in the dirt, oblivious of my presence. I felt my breathe enter and leave my body, becoming part of the crisp air around me.

Somewhat tragically, I also had conversation in my head where I had to tell myself NOT to think about the difference in calories burnt between sitting and running. I am trying to change my attitude to food and exercise – to approach both with joy and intuition. But that is another story.  I gently told Calorie Burning girl that I appreciated her help but that right now, birdsong and stillness were what I needed.  She seemed fine. She enjoys a good morning walk too.

In other exciting news I am teaching again! Woohoo. After months of procrastination (not to be confused with savouring stillness) I have finally signed contract with the Ainslie Arts Centre and will be doing classes in one of their lovely rooms once a month.  In the first class on Sunday March 17 is Earrings 101 and creators will leave having made three unique pairs of earrings. Spaces are filling fast (beside myself!!!) but email soon if you are interested in these or any of the classes. All are on a Sunday and most hover around the third Sunday of the month as long as I am not in Nepal.

And related to that, a tutorial of mine has been accepted by Anke, Sage and the team of The Polymer Studio magazine. More news to come!  Many of the pieces in the accompanying photos are (or will soon be) for sale at Trove or Yack Station. You can’t have enough Splash jewellery really.

6 thoughts on “My Wild and Precious Life

    1. wendy Post author

      Oh you! Thank you for hearing it. And yes, I am not even equally terrified/ excited about classes but much more excited! A tad terrified about PAYING for a room but learning to live with it!! Mwah, W

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  1. Genevieve Williamson

    Procrastination, not to be confused with savouring stillness…and therein lies some of my problem. I KNOW I NEED the savouring stillness but I seem to be better at procrastination. Also, why is it that savouring stillness seems to happen best when one is not at home? That is a problem. I can not go away somewhere every time I need the stillness yet I can not seem to get the stillness at home.

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    1. wendy Post author

      It’s a dance isn’t it. Sometimes hard to discern but qualitatively SO different! And I so get your question about it happening away from home. I also find that I can be the more open, curious, stillness savouring person in Nepal than here. Somehow the default me is a bit quieter over there; a bit less bolshie. And we are less reminded when we are away of all the habitual procrastination triggers!! But I am getting better at it. Slowly! Thanks for being here.

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  2. deb

    Great to hear you’re back Wendy, in multiple forms of stillness and creativity with your usual dash of colour and fun. I really hope I can come to one of your classes – they’re so nourishing. Like food only without the calories 😁 Stillness and silliness, you CAN have them both. You do. And I love that splash jewellery x

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    1. wendy Post author

      Oh that would be WONDERFUL if you could Deb! And lately I have been sending more time in the garden. I always try to channel you although I suspect YOUR gardening is more than pulling up tenacious grass which is what my primary gardening activity seems to be. I can see you in Splashes!

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