Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Year.....Resolve?

Since it is January and I've been surrounded by movement and large changes for six weeks, I've had many occasions (while being away from this computer and the work I love to do..) to ponder the word resolve.  A word with many subtle variations of meaning, I do find.  I'm going slowly with picking up the strings in the new year, and there seem to be many of them hanging loose, some requiring massive repairs and others dangling in front of me pointing in different exciting directions.  To the point where I have been overwhelmed.  But...a small creative task per day slipped in with the others that must be done is the right path.

Since I am surrounded by music every day (both kids play in various groups and orchestras, bassoon and violin) I took particular note of the musical meaning of resolve:
      
'to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.'

Dissonance:  A simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest and needing completion.  Incongruous, lacking harmony of parts.
Consonance:  a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose.  Accord, agreement, harmony.
 
I want to progress from one state to the other - knowing full well that in life, as in music, it is a continuous process.  After all, that's what makes the tension and contrast in life and keeps it interesting!  But oh, I could use some completion...and harmony!
Practically speaking,in my home life and creative life this means:  Make sure the family has what it needs. Take one half hour each morning to consider.....(a big one that) Take small steps, each one completed before the next one is started.  Write down the process,  so things may be repeated.  Get sleep and take care of myself.  Less computer time.

Sorry to be away so long, it's been a long haul.  Can't leave without pictures...

 
 
 
 
 

7 comments:

Roberta said...
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mairedodd said...

excellent -
i have been feeling the need to pull back as well (ok, sick kids and deadlines have demanded it)...
what an absolutely beautiful word - especially when the nuances of the definition are made clear... i have been thinking on harmony quite a bit... but 'resolve'? packs so much more...

Flowermouse Design said...

Oh Clarie, first of all I admire your work that is so special and surprising. You are so talented!! Sounds like you are in the middle of what is called LIFE. Finding that balance is surely a task for all of us. I´ve used time to find what I think is the right balance - only to find out that there is only one that counts: My own. Take the time you need - and now that you are a true inspiration in blogland no matter how many blog posts you write.Thank you for sharing!!!

Claire Maunsell said...

Thank you all for taking the time to write such thoughtful comments on my post. I'm having trouble forming my thoughts into real and coherent language lately - largely because of change and chaos - so I'm relieved and grateful that you understood something from my ramblings. It's a dilemma for us all, that elusive balance....

Fiona said...

Your work is so beautiful. Hang on in there and you will find your balance.

Stories They Tell said...

I find that even if I cannot find a perfect balance in my personal or emotional life, if I trust the work, I will see issues resolve as I create. My ability to craft is not affected if I just trust that and let it take center stage. It's a place to go that has energy and hope, a bright place. And your new work amply demonstrates that! I love the finials on the ends of the pods!

Palimpa Lim said...

"Resolve"... exactly, yes. Thank you for these inspiring words, Claire. For several reasons I have also needed some time off recently. Change and chaos have so many different faces.
Claire, I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award, but I would totally understand if you didn't want to accept it. However, you can find more informations about it onmy blog. Take care!