We’re currently creating pass-along journals in the Crossing into Creativity program. Participants exchange journals at each meeting, add to it or otherwise change it, then pass it on at our next gathering.
The journal I got last week had $2 pinned into it, with a note: “Ok, could you do yourself a favor? Take these two dollars and spend them on something your soul wants but which your secretary will not allow. Report back.”
I imagined buying some special $2 bead at Nomad. But in a thrift store the next day - shopping for clothes for another current program project - a young woman nearby started talking to no one in particular about a little evening bag covered in shiny pink plastic scales. Then she put it back on the rack with a sigh, saying “Well, maybe one day…”
Without thinking I went over and asked her if she’d buy it if she could afford it. She said...
Recently a friend and I went for a lazy Saturday afternoon drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, near where we live. It was a sharp-cold, bright winter day, not long before Christmas. We were cruising along enjoying the snowy wilderness, idly looking for a place to pull over and go walking from. Then we saw a number of stationary cars up ahead, so pulled up behind them.
There was half an elk herd on the mountainside to our left - the one old stag there grazing peacefully with obviously no concern about the situation below. The others, grazing in the meadow on our right. Most were within fifty feet, a few within ten feet, including one or two at a time immobile in the road, in front of or between cars.
A couple of them spent a few minutes licking salt off of an SUVs’ tires. One of them stumbled and nearly fell, stepping onto t...
Supposing we were to explore this in our daily lives: there is no possibility of failure. (I’m going to write this blog post with this in mind!)
Try imagining no possibility of failing with what you plan to do in the next ten minutes – not about biggies like your career or being a parent.
Supposing you need to feed the cat, go for a jog, or get in the shower? Something ordinary that you typically do without much thought.
…Well of course I’m not going to fail when I feed the cat! But do you subtly berate yourself for not feeding her/him earlier, for not being able (or choosing) to buy more “nutritious” (and probably expensive) cat food?
…And the shower, I mean how can you fail when you take a shower? Do you really wash behind your ears, or just get it over with, thinking about other things? If you’re in California, do you use too much wate...