I am in need of just one more check of the final editing fixes, and the book Art Therapy: Foundation and Form is ready for printing. I am hoping in just two more weeks to have a few copies in the boot of my car. I’m afraid I have been working far too hard over the past few weeks, teaching art therapy to many new students, and this has left me little time for the things I love to do in my non-work time. I’ve felt ready to pop. Some of the frantic-ness, of course, has been self-inflicted. Like the time I invited the renowned Sitar and Tabla Player, Sandip Burman and his manager John, to stay with us, on my precious day off. Sandip is doing a whirlwind world tour (well, New Zealand, 3 states in Australia, Singapore, and Calcutta that I know of) and this is his bread and butter, as well as the bread and butter for his management team. Wow, what a lovely experience it was to have the sounds of strings drifting through our home as I cooked dinner, and answered my emails. Sandip is passionate about his art form, music, and he truly seemed to become one with the sitar as he played. This begs the question, are we overworking ourselves when we are doing something we truly love, even if it is considered our ‘job’? If we are passionate about our work, there is a temptation to blur the lines between leisure and a dogged pursuit of professional excellence. How do we define those boundaries and practice appropriate self care under these circumstances? I suspect the wisest measure is balance. Many things in life are delightful, the sun on your face, a beautiful wine, a sleep in. In excess however, all of these and many more are dangerous for us. Even the great things we do for others can be self harming when done in excess. It is up to you to decide where to draw the line between following your passion, and the point of ‘pop’!
Sandip and John were delightful guests and we are really hoping they pay us a visit during next year’s trip to Australia. Thanks guys!