It’s true. When I first start a project, emotion joins forces with logic and energy and I zoom away. Then there’s a downslide as I near the end of a time-frame, or suddenly notice how hot I am, or how stiff I’ve become all bunched up into pretzel shapes while concentrating. In any case, I take a break. Maybe even an overnight break.
Then, lo and behold, up pops another project! A new one! Something fascinating and irresistible! Once my emotions pick up on the magnetism, off I go! Full-blown entry into this newest thing.
This week, for example, I began necessary work on organizing a slideshow – pulling together various threads of information, images and graphic work. All very time consuming but with those first winds of project zap, I was off and running.
Then came the necessary overnight break and in the bright and serene morning, along came a request to read and review a book. A wonderful book! By a marvelous herbalist who spent a summer in Galilee! Of course I had to read and review. This was a book that would speak to the soul of me and touch the chords of why I decided to stay in Israel, way back in 1978. So I said yes to this new project a within minutes, the book arrived safe and sound in my e-mail.
So, where have I been for the past few days? Reading this book, of course. Crying with the writer as she describes the fragrant wild herbs, and the wonderful Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). I’ve been reliving my own first steps in Nazareth and in Tiberius. I’ve been smelling the za’atar and tasting the olive oil as it smells and tastes up in the northern part of this country.
And my first project? Well, now that my eyes are worn out from such intensive reading and crying, my enthusiasm needs to be kick-started once more. I’m open to suggestion.