Please give me your best five minutes on:
I am a member of the creative community here in Bakersfield. I am primarily known for theater, though I am also involved in poetry circles and show my art in shows at a variety of venues.
One of the negatives from that combination is it has been a long time since I have had a friend who has similar creative interests and is also a Mommy. It is complex when you have friends who want to do things and go places and I always have my kids.
I found myself gurgling up anger when they would say, surprised, “Oh, the kids are coming, too?” What am I supposed to do with them? They are my children and I actually WANT them around me when I’m seeing fun places and enjoying new things.
I prayed for a connection with a friend who would "get" me. I wanted to be connected to someone more like me.
Almost exactly a year ago I taught a writing class at our local Art and Spirituality Center. It was a big group filled with people I didn’t know. I worked with poetry from Alice Walker and a prose prompt from Rainer Rilke about asking and living the questions.
Well, it struck a nerve because all the writers were incredibly transparent and vulnerable.
I didn’t know it then, but one of those friends has since become a close friend of mine. She was artsy, Spiritual AND a Mom. Three kids, just like me. Two older girls, just like me. She was also a life coach, just like me. So much of her was just like me!
The second time we hung out together as friends we met for sunrise to walk a labyrinth and write.
I should have known when she was willing to do such an unusual for some people activity we were going to connect and stay connected.
If you are lonely, pray for a friend. It worked for me!
Here are the guidelines for Five Minutes Friday:
Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
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Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She teaches writing courses online, via teleclasses and in person. Did you enjoyed this essay? Receive emails directly to your inbox for Free from Julie Jordan Scott via the Daily Passion Activator. One inspirational essay and poem (almost) every week day. Subscribe here now -
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