The Season of Non-Violence, Day 13

Day 13 – CREATIVITY (Feb. 11)

The worst thing you can do to a human soul is to suppress its natural desire to create. Identify at least five ways in which you express your creativity everyday. Today, allow something unpredictable and joyous to express through you.

This I know to be true.  Repressed creativity nearly killed me.  Not writing is a fate worse than death for me.  I tried, I truly did.  All I got for the effort was insanity.  Both Rilke and Bukowski agree: don’t write if you don’t have to.  For it can be a lonely, solitary calling.  But me, I have to.

Within months of starting to not write I began a most unfortunate decline.  I tried to sever unbreakable bonds.  I got involved with an alcoholic.  The list goes on.

I did experiment with other outlets, and that was good for me.  They have given me a new depth and fresh dimensions to use in writing.  I learned to love helping things grow and came to see a whole new world of metaphor and opportunity in a bucket of kitchen scraps.  I have long enjoyed other artistic outlets as well.  They just don’t call me the same way writing does.

1. Write

2. Garden

3. Write

4. Draw.  Paint.  Sew.  Crafts.

5.  Write

About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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4 Responses to The Season of Non-Violence, Day 13

  1. 1. Garden
    2. Cook–I love developing my own recipes.
    3. Research–When something interests me, I want to learn as much about it I can. Never stop learning!
    4. Read. That may not sound like a creative exercise, but it contributes so much to being creative. Even if I am not engrossed in a specific book, I deliberately make a point of reading some passages from Shakespeare.
    5. Take a nature walk through m our property every day I physically can.

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  2. Oh, and I even read Shakespeare every single day.

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    • m says:

      Yay, You! Reading can be awesome soul-food. I had a sick kid today so we lounged around and read while we waited for the doctor’s appointment. Sometimes I think entertaining fiction is great medicine.


  3. Pingback: The Creative Learning Curve | stories of survival

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