Two of my favorite pastimes are reading and knitting.
Reading is my breathing in.
I feast on theology and spiritual memoirs as I wrestle out my faith. I am swept to another time and place as I sit down with a great work of classic literature or historical fiction. My creativity is awakened and unpacked as I read beautiful words of poetry and prose.
Reading is food for my mind and soul.
Knitting is my breathing out.
My fingers busy creating beauty as my mind wanders from this to that. Sometimes still, sometimes processing, often just working things out. Breathing.
But I too often find myself holding my breath as I jump from one task to the next.
No time to breathe.
Too much to do.
And my mind grows dull and my fingers still.
No feasting, no creating.
No breathing in. No breathing out.
And then one day, I pick up my favorite circular needles and some gorgeous purple merino wool, and I begin to knit a row here, purl a row there, knitting a sweet little cardigan for a baby girl I hope to someday hold.
No rush to complete, just the need to create.
And I steal away brief moments to get lost in a good book. Finding myself encouraged as I read the words of Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, and then taking in the sights and sounds of New York City in the early 1900′s as I pick up The Chaperone. And every afternoon, I marvel at how naughty a fairy that Tinker Bell really was as I read the great work of J.M. Barrie aloud to my boys.
I desperately need these little pockets of time each day.
There is this sweet and beautiful blog called Small Things that I love to check in on from time to time. Ginny hosts a weekly link up on Wednesdays called the Yarn Along, a time for her and her readers to share what we are reading and knitting. I wanted to link up with her today to share a bit about my love for reading and knitting, and why I am glad that I am taking the time to do a little bit of both each day.
So, what are some of your favorite pastimes? How do you breathe in and breathe out each day?
Linking up with Ginny today over at Small Things.