I had that earlier tonight and remembered a thought I had this morning. I said then I wanted to watch the day become night. I wanted to focus on that transition in addition to the sunrise which I know exceptionally well.
I told my family, “I’ll be back in 15 minutes!” and I went three blocks from my home to the Panorama Bluffs where there are benches and paths and trees and views. My notebook was with me and I brought along some art inspiration I’ve been toying with as well as my phone for its camera and whew.
I wrote a list of today’s wins, today’s “couldas” (missed opportunities primarily due to procrastination) and tomorrow’s “I wills” – the beginnings of my possibility list for tomorrow.
I watched joggers and walkers and chatted with a Mom and her curly haired toddler with deep brown eyes who was riding on a fancy car-stroller toy and desperately wanted to tell me… something he was pointing to was very significant.
I wrote a theater inspired sunset haiku:
Light's memory fades
Nightfall moves down left, just... so
Ponytail points east
And I headed home after fifteen extravagantly stretched minutes.
How did I accomplish such serenity in this tiny little mini-retreat on the bluffs?
- A pure intention guided me ever since I wrote it this morning: I wanted to try writing sunset haikus as a counterpoint to my regular sunrise haiku practice.
- I put my mini-retreat into a timed container. Yes, I literally timed myself.
- I asked permission of myself first and then my family. I was very specific, “Is it fine with you if I go up to the bluffs for fifteen minutes? I want to write and take photos.” They are used to me both writing and taking photos so it seemed 100% reasonable.
- I took advantage of every single moment I was there. Not a single second was wasted thinking negative thoughts or critiquing anything. I was open and willing to squeeze the marrow out of the bones of these fifteen minutes I invested.
- When my timer went off, I packed up and headed home. I honored my commitment to my family and myself. It was so gorgeous, I wanted to stay longer but… I didn’t.
Who could ask for more than that?
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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.
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