April 18, 2015
Stir Up the Gift in You by Linda Aleta Tame
If we repeatedly take the same action, we'll repeatedly have the same result, so we need to do something new, something different, something meaningful. This will include unique strategies for each of us, ones that are fitted to our personal needs and goals, but here are a few ideas.
Something New - Do something you haven't done before. It doesn't have to include skydiving, but it could. I wanted to do that when I was younger, but riding a Vespa around the Tuscan countryside in Italy was a terrific alternative, and about as thrilling as I want to get at this stage of my life. The ideas are endless. Just do something new. It could be picking wildflowers in the country, roller blading or visiting an art gallery. It could be something you've wanted to do for a long time, but just never took the time to do. Maybe realizing a dream vacation could result in an incredible travel journal.
Something Different - Do something that is outside of your comfort zone. You might discover astonishingly new and noteworthy emotions, reactions and even physical sensations that you didn't know you had. Whether pleasant or uncomfortable, these could be just the motivators that would elevate writing to the priority status. Maybe you're a couch potato (I'm a recliner onion - think layers), so a nature hike would be completely foreign. Or maybe you're accustomed to a quiet, routine household. Throwing a party sounds way too chaotic for you; however, these new activities might provide enough idea kindling to spark a writing flame that won't be quenched.
Something Meaningful - Do something special for someone. This is a sure win for the hearts of givers and receivers. It could be as simple as a friendly over-the-fence chat with your neighbour or a thoughtful hand-written card delivered through snail mail. If you like to create, then bake, sew, knit or paint something for someone. Gestures like this, especially when repeated frequently, stir our own hearts, and we may not be able to resist recording the overflow of love. When you share a genuine smile that says, "I really care about you," or deliver the same sentiment through your eyes, it influences you too. From that place of sincere connection with others comes the most poignant and beautiful prose and poetry.