Gr8FullCre8ives – Day 2
The Spark (from Rachel) – Surroundings –
I have wanted to love my surroundings for so long and only recently in fits and starts we’ve come into joyful collaboration. The walls painted, the floors calling to be refinished one room at a time.
Virginia Woolf started it: figures, right, she with a room of her own encouraging me to make a small, sacred space that called specifically to me and those who “get me” those who understand that even at 54 years old, a pink ruffly room may be the perfect sanctuary for one who never was allowed such a precious, safe-feeling room.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Julie waiting to continue her process – who shouts “NO!” to the long clogs she once steeped in because in her DNA she believed, somehow, that was the way.
(Yesterday’s a-ha, exhaled while waiting in line at that oh-so-soulful drive through having ordered a fast meal for her son and her biggest sin, a drink laden with chemicals she also longs to kick off her “must have list” for now….)
The image. The shadows, the slant.
A nod to Emily, to time passing, to her willingness to show up as is. Her call to you, there reading –a smiling connection as the fourth wall comes down.
That waiting for the timer to sound, for the applause or the buzz or the bewildering siren of something.
Of something that surrounds us.
Of something that says “You belong. There are people who look like you here. There are eyes that light up, eyebrows that raise, arms that open to your shyness… awkward is acceptable and in fact, one of our identifiers. We love awkward, impulsive, glasses, fluffy, stumbling, not-knowing-quite-what-to-say island of misfit toy people, looking for acceptance and praise.”
My timer. An alarm.
Time to go for now.
Please re-read if you think you missed what you were meant to read. Perhaps aloud this time. You’re a-ha is right here on the cusp, I can feel it.
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What are you grateful for you in your surroundings? Consider your home, your neighborhood, your downtown. Think abour the people who surround you, colors, memory, books. Perhaps for you surroundings are the places you visit: libraries, the park, the house across the street.
Use these starts as continued sparks on the #Gr8FullCre8ives trail.
Share your discoveries on a broadcast, in an image, in a tweet, in a blog post, a snap chat or anywhere you like to “hang out”. Please tag #Gr8FullCre8ives so we and other members of the community - may find your posts and feel your gratitude with you.
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