I've added a new component to journaling every morning. One thing for which I'm grateful. One good idea. Writing those things down requires that I capture something specific. I often carry a general sense of gratitude...my mom, my kids and I are all healthy, have stable lives, have friends who love us. I live in an amazing neighborhood, in a city that I'm proud of, in a country that offers much (despite the current political circus). I have a job that is meaningful and allows me to spend hours every day with colleagues who are wise and admirable. But sometimes I think I take too much of it for granted. It's good for me to identify one specific person/thing that I'm grateful for and write it down. It helps keep my priorities in check.
Identifying one good idea is important to me for a totally different reason. Sometimes by the end of the work week, I look around inside my brain for creative energy and can't find any...so sad! The morning routine that I wrote about in the last post is so good for reclaiming some productive time. But I realized that productive time is not the same as creative thinking time. I know you know what I mean. Sometimes good ideas are spontaneous. I see something and it triggers an idea that triggers a sketch that triggers a modified sketch that triggers a couple of questions to help shape the idea when it's time for execution. And sometimes good ideas take space and energy and quiet. But it doesn't have to take a copious amount of space and energy and quiet. A few minutes every day is much better than trying to find an extended creative space once a week...it keeps my right brain active.
So, the ideas. Not every idea is spectacular. And to be honest, not every idea is creative, but that is the goal. Here are my good ideas from the past week, as written or drawn in my journal:
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
The patience project. Because patience is a virtue. And a creative challenge.
Don't mess with imperfection. How copper and heat speak for themselves.
Politics and Art wage war inside me
Write 100 words, take a nap and share your mantra
Tile and wood floor...this year's winter project...kitchen renovation