Hallelujah for year-end reflections and prompts that support these "blog-flections"! I will be doing my best to blog during the 21 days of REVERB15 and then during the 10 days of CONTINUOUS CREATIVITY during the Winter Solstice Challenge on my Facebook group, The Daily Creative Practice (please join us on this warm online creative community supporting each other's "uniquities.")
NOT EXACTLY A LIST PERSON
Not exactly a "list person," I have learned in the last decade-and-a-half to create itemized lists of "actions taken" and "actions to take." I attribute my list making endeavors to three sources: The Artist Conference Network in Atlanta (to which I was a member and even leader for a number of years). My boon companion and husband Chiboogamoo, aka Tony Martin (who is the best list maker ever, relishing the "check off" each evening). Phil Porter's and Cynthia Winton-Henry's improvisational system InterPlay, (of which one of its tools for transformation is incrementality).
COMFORT & CELEBRATION IN LIST MAKING
|HURRAY FOR YOU!|
MAYBE LISTS ARE LIKE PRAYERShttp
What is prayer? What is a list? To explore those two questions, I would like to share with you a phrase I utter at least once or more a day. A remnant from my Artist Conference Days, I still create a "vision" to guide my daily actions. The one I am using currently is a hodgepodge of old and new:
I am the body, the rock, the Buddha, igniting creativity in myself and others while fostering love and forgiveness, easefully and joyfully.
For me this "vision" is prayer like. It also precedes my list of life endeavors or goals, my hopes--yes, my prayers for me:
100 percent health
Getting paid to play
Perhaps, lists are like prayers uttered in one's heart, written on the page, shared with a friend or community, and ultimately with the GREAT MYSTERY. Writing on this topic of lists as prayers is encouraging me to play more with my lists, to "embody" them more through dance and play.
|LISTS ARE PRAYERS! Lists are for the living!|
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Thanks to Kat McNally for hosting yet another REVERB, a 21-day-year-end blogathon that allows us time for reflection and sharing those "blog-flections" with a community of other bloggers around the world. Also thanks to Wolf and Word, who is providing her Facebook page as another way to participate in Reverb15.
How interesting to see how you use lists Hallelujah. And i certainly love your vision/prayer. What a beautiful reminder to carry with you intentionally.ReplyDelete
Dear Deborah! I appreciate your acknowledgment of my vision and its intentionality. Now I would like to visit your blog! Yay!Delete
WOW! What an energetic and inspiring post here, Ruth! You are right - we DO have similar dreams/lists/prayers to share our creative joy with others. I believe we will get there yet!ReplyDelete
BTW: I've never really been one for making 'goals' until recently, but I do like making lists though I often forget about them when engaging in ART ;)
Thank you so much Creative Beast for visiting my blog and responding to my blog-flection! I thinking making lists are a jumping off point for the creativity we engage in. The list "informs" our creative acts and often get accomplished without our "efforting."Delete
I love the idea that lists can be a celebration. Your daily vision is wonderful, I'm folding it into my list of inspirations.ReplyDelete
Corinne cheers to celebrations of our daily lists! They are like petitions made to the greater mystery. I look forward to visiting your blog.Delete
What a wonderful list! Hallelujah, and may it be so!ReplyDelete
Thank you for that proclamation Kathleen!Delete
Interesting blog Ruth. Personally, I rarely make lists, or perhaps I do, but I don't write them down. In general, I think in outline form so written list seem unnecessary. That said, as I've gotten older, I find my brain isn't as limber as it used to be and occasionally I do mark a calendar or something. I don't have a creative to do list or a buck list, or even a list of words I'd like to use more often, but I do have things I think about doing or want to eventually accomplish.Non of them involve prayer, but I'm far from religious or even spiritual. I fly by the seat of my ever drooping pants.ReplyDelete
Lunkhead, since I know you pretty well I really enjoyed reading about how you view lists and wonder what you might accomplish if you did indeed keep a list. I don't think prayer has to be religious or spiritual...more entertaining some force larger than myself.ReplyDelete
I LOVE the image that you have accompanying this post. It's so appropriate to acknowledge the death portion of the life cycle during this cold and dark winter season.ReplyDelete