Spark your creative spirit with the #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challege for #November. Simply repost the prompt image on your Instagram account, then share images and videos that express your gratitude based on the theme for that day. Use the challenge hashtag #Gr8fullCre8ives(might help to remember two 8's, two L's, and one S on the end.) Don't forget to follow both @creativitytribe and@juliejordanscott. Follow the challenge hashtag to support other participants.
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You may choose, like I do, to take 5 minutes and write #5for5BrainDump style.
I elected to write a 5 minute brain dump based on the quote from Auguste Rodin. Here is what followed (This has not been edited, just off my fingers on the keyboard. No apologies for what was written and I don't need to hear about corrections, either.)
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”
There usually isn’t herald, sounding a melodic tune in those moments something significant begin in our lives. At the end there may be a fizzle or a shout or a gleeful laugh.
I had a gleeful laugh last Sunday when a clerk at a Rite Aid carded me when I bought some strange pomegranate concoction that was 5% alcohol. I think what he really wanted was an invitation to join me for a taste, but that’s beside the point.
I have a feeling Rodin had lived the words after “to be” here. Move, love, hope, tremble, live.
Say them aloud with me.
“Move, love, hope, tremble, live.”
I can feel their interrelationship and I suppose Rodin wove their interconnections into some of his sculpture.
In the middle of my writing I pause to actually stretch, to move – and find myself laughing at how this must look. Me, a nearly 55 year old woman doing an odd dance in my chair, thinking about broadcasting it in attempt to get more viewers. Only I doubt said viewers would be there for any right reasons, eh? At least that’s what targeted marketers might say.
Well, I moved (and I loved how it felt) I got hope – from allowing myself to laugh.
I will soon be stretching my life by helping my dear friend get a task checked off his list and perhaps I’ll do some more broadcasting so I may check more off my list? Perhaps perhaps perhaps?
Still, no trembling.
The last time I trembled was when I found out a dear friend was lying. Again. And I didn’t know what to do about it. It is the same trembling that came after Marlena was stillborn and I leaned back in the hospital bed and the shaking took over every muscle of my body as if I was a human ice cube.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” I intend to tremble with joy before the day is out. I hereby intend to tremble with joy as some point in the next 11 hours. Join me.
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