This is me, writing at Dagny’s last Friday morning. I was rewarding myself for a productive time at the keyboard by the time 8:30 am rolled around I had published two blog posts, done research and got the kids successfully off to school. Kimberly and I had discussed meeting at this, my favorite spot, as a reward.
She was thinking just a time of friendly conversation. I was thinking of it as a reward.
You can see what I do there: I pile up books and notebooks and read snatches of essays and poems. I sketch, I practice writing, I sip tea or coffee and on this occasion, I used the lure of that slab of cinnamon coffee cake to insure my focus stayed in place for a respectable amount of time.
I was deep in creative mode when Kimberly appeared in front of me, bearing a teapot filled with roses from her garden. I think I said, “You’re here!” and I know my face did that wide eyed, lit up face when I saw her happily approach with her nature goodies. “I’m so glad you made it!”
She could only stay briefly, which I knew, but it is like those snippets of time with friends are worth huge swaths of time with acquaintences or people who just don’t live on the same wavelength as you do.
I was back in deep contemplative mode when I heard someone tapping on the window. The girls eating at the tables on the sidewalk were pointing to Kimberly, who had her camera focused on me. She was pantomiming “write!” and when I finally got what she wanted, I started to write.
I dipped my toe back into the language stream and joy came out the other side.
It has lasted almost forty-eight hours now.
Alice Walker was with me as was Virginia Woolf and Natalie Goldberg popped into my sanctuary as well. I listened to a doula talking to a not-showing-yet pregnant couple. I watched the usual eclectic gang gather outside so they could smoke and socialize as well as drink coffee or tea or as the day marches forward, beer or wine.
I waved goodbye to Kimberly and smiled back into my words.
This is me, writing. And now that is YOU, creating. Take a deep breath and create for five minutes. Paint, sketch, write, meditate, call a beloved on the telephone, collage, sing, clap your hands, drum, gaze into the eyes of your cat.
That is YOU, creating.
This post is Number 7 of 30 and was inspired by the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Throughout the month I will be posting writing and creativity tips especially to make your writing (and your writing experience!) better.
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