Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward de Bono
I’m smuggly content at being able to spend a pleasant, somewhat productive day alone. But…
One brother is playing blues in a cozy little neighborhood bar on his 60th birthday. The other brother will be there with his new girlfriend from New York City. I don’t think I’ll go.
Why not, Laura?
The day has been so nice I could easily slip into pajamas and return to the book I’ve been reading. Anyway, I’ve seen both brothers within the last 24 hours.
About six o’clock, as Buddy would be beginning to play, I think, “Why not, Laura?”
Yeah, my thought exactly.
So I slip on a clean shirt, put on a little lipstick, pick up the car keys and head out the door.
How is it?
Wonderful. I sit with a childhood neighbor, meet Bruce’s girlfriend and note a new confidence in Buddy’s presentation. And then…
This young guy with an African djembe comes on stage. Buddy starts playing his guitar and the drummer adds rhythm. It isn’t long before the guy’s lost in the music. By the last song he has jumped off the stage and is beating the floor with drumsticks. It is incredible!
Better than pajamas and a good book?
Probably so…however, in the middle of all this energy, I wonder what this kid was like as a third grader.
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray
Yesterday’s quote ended up centering on the word sense. And so much more.
As I sat in the ophthalmologist’s waiting room full of older women, I felt a connection. There was my mother…and myself. How funny… after all those years struggling to not be her.
Who will I be today? Happy Solstice!
To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
How does the ordinary person come to the transcendent? For a start, I would say, study poetry. Learn how to read a poem. You need not have the experience to get the message, or at least some indication of the message. It may come gradually.― Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. ― Leonard Bernstein
We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. LeeAnn Taylor
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light. ― Hafiz
Other people have other plans. I, the oldest child and only daughter, would say this to my mom when I was quite young. Was I trying to claim myself? Was I telling her I didn’t care how others did it? I don’t know. Our relationship was a constant struggle.
But I wonder now if it was my own personal koan, advice for myself to take me through life. The words to allow others’ their own path as I listen for my own. Telling me of ego, or spirit, or energy. Mine and everyone else’s.
I am a child of God. And so is everyone is, Laura.
In last night’s book club discussion of The Poisonwood Bible I read the quote from Leah, one of four daughters of a zealous missionary who took his family to the Congo. She said…
Watching my father, I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.
This is a quick post.
1. In a few minutes a friend and I are taking a day trip to a nursery (plants) a couple hours from here.
2. I’ve been struggling with a writing “assignment” providing copy for pictures on the website of our community youth garden. Just the facts are not pleasing me. I’ve submitted the idea for an alternate approach and am waiting to hear if I can pursue it.
3. Tonight’s the third anniversary of the library book club I facilitate. I want to get home from the nursery in time to make cranberry nut muffins for the celebration. This month’s selection is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m expecting a stimulating discussion.
And the quote for the day…
It’s good to be creatively busy. Me
Hex sign abundance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. Wayne Dyer
There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance. Karel Capek
Is this overwhelming feeling just an abundance of what I have been asking for?
A poem I will share with writers this afternoon:
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.
Rainer Maria Rilke