|This morning was a perfect morning to do my|
"morning pages". It was actually a little cooler outside, in the 60s.
I admit I have fallen off the wagon of writing my morning pages. There were some amazing things that happened when I was regularly doing my morning pages. First of all, no one else is to read your morning pages. If I thought someone else might read mine, I would start self-censoring myself. This is stream of consciousness writing with no regard about correct grammar or spelling. Sometimes I would keep the pages for a short time and reread them later. If I wrote about something that was bothering me, a few weeks later I would have forgotten all about it. One day I wrote about an old neighbor of ours in Tennessee. I had no idea why I wrote about this person. Later that day, after having written about this neighbor, my mother told me that I would not believe who had called her and how this neighbor had called her to ask her to pray for an ill family member. I do need to get back to my morning pages.
Another pivotal tool that Julia writes about is the "artist date". What is an artist date? An artist date is is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. You go alone on your artist date. Don't have time? Julia says "You cannot afford not to find the time for artist dates. Some of my artist dates have included reading magazines at the library, sitting outside in front of Whole Foods ... people watching, walking through Barnes and Noble, visiting a thrift store, going to a high quality arts/craft mall and attending an old country church service by myself.
One of the most revealing and fun exercises that I did from Julia's book was list five occupations/dreams/aspirations that have been on my mind for years. I listed my five and had Clint list his five, I'd saved these lists from several years ago. We were amazed when we compared our lists:
|Clint and I were astonished at how similar|
our list were to each other. About the only
differences were the actress and baseball dreams.