My sweet friend and apprentice Kathryn White (I recognize both her handwriting and her spirit) must have left this post-it on my keyboard last week. I have no doubt I gave the note a quick glance, then moved it aside intending to resurrect it the first moment I could give it the love and attention it deserved.
The gentle message stayed there, growing more and more lost amid the papers of a thousand projects. This is CreateAthon week, the busiest week of the year for all of us at Riggs. On Thursday / Thursday night / Friday, we and a band of fearless creative volunteers will work 24 straight hours—yes, without sleeping—to develop desperately needed marketing materials for 12 area nonprofits. It takes a village to get ready for this monstrous event, and when you layer on the work required to keep our regular client work on track while we shut down for 48 hours … well, you get the picture.
I overloaded my backpack with work to bring home tonight, and one thought played in my head like a vinyl record with a needle stuck in its groove: I will never get all this done in time. I will never get all this done in time. I will never ….
Then right there, peeking from under an unread research report and a half-finished creative brief, a quiet little unassuming post-it reappeared in my life.
Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, remain still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you unasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
I can tell you right this very moment that note will get me through this insane week. And in the long night that is CreateAthon, when doubt and stress and exhaustion begin to wreak havoc on me—mind, body and soul—I will remember the promise and be grateful.
30 Days of Grace