Saturday, August 13, 2011
l. A limitation that leads to freedom.
2. An Imaginative surrender that enables a breakthrough.
3. A healthy shock to the system to tenderize emotions.
4. A tough task that fine tunes or clarifies an ambition.
5. A last chance that leads to a fresh promise through your vigor and creative willpower.
Dismiss your outworn fears and move ahead with ideas in response to the above.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A train arrives at Midnight. After a long day's journey into this town, a woman walks off the train with a maltese dog in a carrying case and a backpack. The only place open at this hour is the Jackalope Lounge. Sarah has just arrived to . . .
And then what . . .
Monday, August 8, 2011
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. - Albert Einstein
During childhood, I asked so many questions my father created stories he thought would satisfy my curiosity. Even then he often fell asleep before my questions stopped arriving like thunderbolts.
He never said, "I don't know." Even when I had him perplexed, he'd launch into an explanation to cover the topic. Many years later I learned a bidet really wasn't a footbath.
Recently at the Seattle airport, I followed a school of metal fish embedded in the floor that led to my gate. One fish appeared with a suitcase. How many travelers have noticed this fellow? I had to take a photograph.
Endowed with curiosity, everything in life becomes possible. Linked with optimism and creativity, curiosity pushes limits.
Ways to heighten your natural gift of curiosity:
1. Stay open to possibilities. Nurture the ability to change your mind, unlearn and relearn.
2. Ask questions like a reporter: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How? Don't feel content with easy answers. Ask more questions.
3. Curious individuals never feel bored. Take advantage of 'empty time' like standing in line. Observe what's going on around you. Notice people's choices and listen. Writers always carry notepads.
4. Become a perpetual discoverer and learner. Make learning fun and seek beyond the obvious. Find that fish with the suitcase.
5. Read diverse publications and books. Explore what you don't know with a free mind.
Describe in detail your first memory of curiosity. Recall it with all your senses.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Listen to the voices that travel through you: mother, father, siblings, children, friends, enemies, teachers and heroes. Notice how they act out their dramas on your life slate. They will help you celebrate your myths, sing your songs, and tell your legends.
Memory becomes a trickster who picks and choses scenes. You may recall a punishment for something you did not do. When you tell the story for the hundredth time, you remember that you did commit the act and the whole scene changes. Memories of what happened in one year will be different when retold five and ten years later.
Creative Write: Begin with an unpleasant memory that has faded. Bring it to life by describing the situation in detail. Write about the story. Enter it and explore the ragged edges. Change its focus and reveal a lesson learned.
Show your memory with a moving camera's view.