Are we waiting for a formal invitation?

I was thinking this morning about what I’m often willing to put off until I am: better prepared, thinner, rested, educated, mentored…you name it.  What if a formal invitation arrived in the mail to do some of the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime?

invitation lisa lillibridge dakota 1966 january twenty fifteen

I know the invitation is pretty absurd.  What are we waiting for though?

Maybe a formal nudge from the Universe is what’s needed now?

Thank you Emily Post Institute (headquartered in Burlington, Vermont) for helping me with the language for my formal invitation from the universe.  Here’s the link for your etiquette questions.  http://www.emilypost.com/

A word of great relevance and humility.

custodian lisa lillibridge dakota 1966

The word “custodian” is my new favorite word and I want to share with you why.  I was recently in a discussion about why my creative work has any relevance whatsoever in a world that has so many challenges. I always struggle with this.  Should I really paint, write, make jewelry and shoot photographs when so many people are hungry, sick, sad and lonely?

I was then asked two questions:

1. Why were you given these abilities?  2. What could your creative work do to make the world a better place?

As I pondered these questions presented to me the word “custodian” surfaced.  LOUDLY.

CUS•TO•DI•AN

This word to me is a beautiful, humble mantra/prayer to be called upon often—someone who keeps and protects something valuable.  I started thinking about the custodians of my high school when I was growing up—Edith and Andy.  I used to go to school early to do my homework and talk to them as I sat in the hallway finishing up assignments.  They were humble, thoughtful people who kept and protected my school. Custodians…

Being the custodian of our talents is necessary to allow them grow. If we choose to NOT be thoughtful custodians of our talents (whatever they may be) we are not holding up our end of the human bargain.