Beloved friends from 31Days, I need to remind you today that simply being more aware of your life as it unfolds will increase your passionate life. Florence Littauer, one of my teachers said the most important thing we can do as creative people is to "Be alert to life."
I wrote this in a moment of freewriting. It says exactly what needs to be said about this subject for today.
This morning I groped hungrily at the gate of ecstacy, hopeful, anxious, slightly scared and tingling from the top of my scalp to the bottom of my soles.
How can it be as good as this?
My mind briefly fluttered on creative folks who feel the need to travel far and wide who somehow forget to look right outside their own windows where the muse is patiently waiting, hoping to be noticed.
This morning I noticed.
And I noticed.
And I noticed.
I took gritty, urban photos some people in Bakersfield would not recognize as being in their town.
I took photos of brightly painted brick.
I took photos of brick from the early twentieth century.
I took a variety of sunrise shots from the different angles and perspectives that caught me along the way.
I even managed to visit and photograph a friend's public art.
This was a grand day so many times over. I'm taking it, hook line and enormous sinker.
There is a grand day waiting for you just outside your window. What's taking you so long?
Look. Notice. Explore. Document. Create.
<< I need to update my list of all the other posts I have written.
It is on "The To-Do" for first thing tomorrow morning.
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This post was inspired by the #31Days challenge on TheNester.com
So far it has been a wonderful experience of creativity and community. I hope you will continue to follow along on my adventure AND the adventures of others.
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Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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