If you rest, you rust ~~ Helen Hayes
It’s a valid idea, when you think about. Taking a break from something is a good way to let your skill set get rusty. It also causes you to lose momentum.
But we can’t be expected to push forward hour after hour, day after day, without a rest. Don’t we need time to kick back and just rest. Or enjoy what it is we love. Fill the creative well. You can’t give and give and give without taking. Can you?
No. Sometimes you need to stop.
I hit one of those walls then of last week. My well was empty and my soul was tired. When I sat down at looked at the blank page, I was inspired to write a to-do list of everything that had to be done.I knew it was time to refill and recuperate.
So on Friday my husband and I went to a movie. On Saturday, we watched another movie from Video-On-Demand. On Monday (the holiday) I took up residence in my comfy chair and had Netflix on most of the day.
On each and every “nurture” day, however, I also worked. I critiqued, I revised and I wrote. Was this by choice? Yes, to a degree. But yesterday, it was more about a need. There came a point that keeping my feet kicked up was making me restless.
My mind wouldn’t shut off. I was getting fidgety. I was fighting rust.
So…is the Hayes quote true? Do we need to keep pushing forward, never-resting?
I think, as with most things, it’s important to find a balance. I do believe as a writer, writing every day is important. I do believe, that those who succeed at a goal, work that goal with a plan. But I also believe — especially for creative people — that we need to take time to feed our soul.
How do you fill your creative well?