The Artist’s Way – exercises 4
Week 5, Sense of Possibility
- The biggest lack in my life is self-confidence in my own resourcefulness.
- The greatest joy in my life is being creative.
- My largest time commitment is sleep? Reading books?
- As I play more, I work mellower, happier.
- I feel guilty that I am finally in a place where I have to concentrate on what works for me.
- I worry that no one wants to read my poetry. It’s “too playful” and “not serious”.
- If my dreams come true, my family will (a) not notice; (b) who counts as family?
- I sabotage myself so people will not expect “too much” of me.
- If I let myself feel, I’m angry that I’m 46.5 and only now rediscovering Hibby.
- One reason I get sad sometimes is 20 years lost to trauma-onset PTSD; 40 yrs of time with Hibby (awake), lost.
What would I try if it weren’t “too crazy”?
- Go to Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana myself.
- Go to Puget Sound myself.
- Write a book, illustrated with my own photography and other art.
- Get my poetry published in print.
- Find friends that are joyful, creative, and encouraging. Who help me improve and meet bigger challenges.
- Take myself seriously.
5 more imaginary lives?
- Rock star
- Gourmet chef
- Creator of crossword puzzles
- Rodeo performer
If I were 20 and had money, I’d . . .
- Live in Europe for a while
- Immerse myself in another language to learn it
- Become a sculptor
- Develop a creative start-up business
- Collaborate with other artists
Synchronicity this week?
The same day I wrote in morning pages that I wanted to find a way to get to Alabama, but not only do I not know anyone in Alabama, I don’t know anyone who’s ever been to Alabama, I received [Friend]’s misdirected-returned-and-re-mailed holiday 2012 card, which mentioned that [family member] lives in Alabama. (So, I do know someone who’s visited Alabama.)