Please understand: I did write every day, mostly my morning pages or entries in other dedicated journals. And I have continued chipping away on the review of the novella I wrote five years ago. Oh, yes, and I did several blog posts this week. However, I have spent a good portion my time outside of the day-job fooling around on social media or playing with my drums and other noisy toys. My artist’s date this week was an hour on Tuesday night doing a strum stick tutorial.
The theme of this week’s AW chapter is ‘recovering a sense of possibility.” It is an exploration of what is possible for our lives. Well, anything is possible, says the author, if we are just open to it. We just need to get “unstuck” and out of the way. And maybe for me “getting out of the way” is just taking a little vacation from the work of serious writing and having a bit of playtime. Most of my creative interests this week centered on rhythm, melody, therapeutic music-making — all requiring a certain amount of banging around on things. (Did you know that my car’s steering wheel is about the same size as my frame drum?). I was like a kid ditching my homework for the playground.
Ah, but here’s how that pays off: In playing, one engages the imagination, and imagination is essential for one is to envision possibilities. And where we have vision, we have eventual reality.
In other words, a playful spirit brings possibilities to life.
A task described in this week’s chapter, a task to assist us in envisioning possibilities, is to make a list of things we would do if we had unlimited resources. Here’s what I imagined:
- Hire a personal trainer to get myself into shape.
- Buy a great, big honkin’ djembe and learn to play it.
- Go back to school and become proficient in a foreign language
- Become boutique farmer growing organic veggies and fruits
- Turn that wretched novella into a novel.
One or two of these actually might be do-able under the present circumstances.
I will keep playing and see what happens.
ljg (c) 2017