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Walking in this World, Chapter Three, or, It's a Bust, Bullwinkle [Jan. 29th, 2008|11:32 am]

Last week, I felt really very overloaded, with a lot of running around to do. I read the chapter all right, but was pretty resistant to two of the exercises. Just thinking about one of them, the anger exercise, convinced me that it was a good idea not to tackle that at this time. And the rest of the exercises sort of fell by the wayside. Now I don’t know. Was I really that busy? Or was I avoiding things I didn’t want to try? I think that it’s not really important which it was. What is important is that I decided to grant myself clemency. Mercy, it’s not just for others anymore!

That said, the tools for the week went really well. Morning pages happened, mostly in the morning. At least one set was incendiary, but that was ok. My walk was a truly lovely stroll in Longwood Gardens, fueled by the sudden realization that having an annual pass meant I could pop in for half an hour and enjoy anytime. (doh!) The weather was mild (not warm by any means but bearable) so I went for an outdoor stroll. Enjoyed the bones of the garden and saw two cardinals, one male and one female, sitting on thorn trees. Very beautiful, and inspiring. I’ve wanted to do a quilt centered with cardinals for about forever, so I took these two as a good omen.

My Artist’s date was another pass through the Orchid room in the Longwood conservatory. I went with a camera and a plan, and hope to produce a little photo essay down the line to give you all a better feel for that particular gorgeous corner of the conservatory. I took about a bazillion shots and weeded once I got home. Gotta love digital cameras. Wasted film? What wasted film?

Now it’s time to crack the book again and get going on the next chapter. I do plan to revisit this chapter and fit in the exercises as seems right. Maybe I’ll do them a little at a time; maybe I’ll revisit the whole chapter later on and do an extra week to finish up. I do think I missed out, not tackling the exercises this past week.

One last thought. I think the reason the author talks about anger as fuel for creativity ties in with this study about anger and decision making.  Veerry Interesting…

From: jeansophie
2008-01-29 04:51 pm (UTC)
That study was quite interesting. I recognized a while ago that anger often moves me to action and lately I've wondered if I have just not allowed myself to be angry enough to act.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-29 10:07 pm (UTC)


I am SO jealous of your pass to longwood gardens! I adore that place any time of year. The first time I saw those orchids I flipped!
One of these days, maybe when I retire, I plan to take a course on historical textiles over at Winterthur and visit Longwood everyday!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-01 04:36 pm (UTC)
Your artist date sounds very nice and it will be great to see pictures of those orchids. The study about anger coincides with the findings of a study here about creativity (and myths about it). I referred to earlier. It said that angry people can be very creative because they tend to focus more on the issue (like a dog with a bone). A relaxed and easy going mood doesn't do much to be become creative (neither the brainstorm in groups, people on their own achieve in general better ideas). Fortunately also very happy people are creative, that seems a better option to me lol.
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