“It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.” ~~Henry David Thoreau
Let’s try this again, shall we?
Frigid dark January
Orbits the hot sun of Re-evaluation.
Rendering the Past
I am not immune. Nor are You.
Scoff. Yes. Huff-puff-McGruff. Take a bite.
From whence come I?
Where go I?
How do I change what I’m doing
So that I get what I’m wanting?
The Universe offers guidance on the path
Kicks in the ass
Serendipity is a will ‘o the wisp
ectoplasm of the Divine
If you sneeze, you’ll blow it
Revisiting old ghosts
only Resurrects them.
Tend to the Living.
Let the dead bury their own.
Let freedom ring…
My previous post, since deleted, addressed the topic of bullying. Workplace bullying, to be specific. The long-term repercussions are painful, persistent, and real. My studies in psychology taught me that. My up-close & personal experience reverberates with it. I’m learning more & more how to release it.
I am inspired by a project at the high school where my husband teaches photography. Students in all art classes are addressing the topic of bullying, with an emphasis on how art is a modality through which the victims of bullying can find hope, strength, & courage. The work I’ve seen so far is powerful. The stories my husband shares about how this project has sparked a palpable positive energy amongst these ordinarily obstinate adolescents…it’s almost a miracle.
Art inspires. That’s why we love to surround ourselves with it. In addition to fine art, music, performance arts (dance, theatre), we find art in our fashions, our home decor, our cities, & our entertainments. We’re always being inspired by the wonderful creations of artists, designer, architects, & engineers. But it’s unsatisfying to merely accumulate the creativity of others. We have an innate need to create something of our own.
Creativity and imaginative engagement are powerful tools in negotiating our way through the inevitable challenges we faces in life. Most of our best ideas stray somewhat off the beaten path. Our best “aha moments” are steeped in our own way of perceiving things. This is the seat of your creativity– your unique perspective. No one else can see the world through your eyes without your creative self-expression.
What I am doing here, on this blog, my creative outlet, is being transparent with my creative process, with my various explorations in this modality of personal expression, alchemy, healing, hoping. Sharing it here is like sonar…your feedback is important. It shows me the lay of the land in these waters, so to speak. (though, if I’m not careful, I could run aground!) My navigational skills are improving as I grow in this process & I appreciate your assistance.
Here’s to a New Year filled with opportunities to engage creatively & imaginatively!