Welcome to Day 2 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. It’s only Day 2 and I am a little intimidated by the amount of work that this exercise entails. (If I may repeat, it’s only Day 2!!) Obviously, quitting isn’t an option because all that the busyness shows me is that I am marking everything else (even grocery shopping!) as more important than spending time with my creative inspiration. And that’s the most important reason to stick with the challenge. Let’s not relegate creative exploration to the bottom of the list. Onward, my friends!
Day 2 Prompt: Write a love note using 42 words. Write it to your spouse, your significant other, or any loved one. Use your own words to express your love (and don’t be tempted, like I was, to start with Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” 10 words right there!). Don’t labor over this. Do it quickly.
Go For It: 1. Was that too simple? Take it up a notch. Compose a love poem using 42 words. I will leave it to you whether to make it rhyme or whether to use iambic pentameter. Done? Now, express the same sentiment in a sweet and shorter poem of 21 words.
My Day 2 prompt: I love words and really enjoyed writing a love note to my husband though at first it was a little challenging to keep it at exactly 42 words. I took a break from composing my poem to share this prompt with you. I am now at 21 words for the poem and it alludes to our long-standing conversation on whose turn it is to make the tea this morning ( the answer is ‘not my turn’). It’s obviously a work in progress (!) but here’s what I have so far-
“I love you.
I love you even more
When it’s your turn
To make the tea..
Can it always be so? “
I had fun composing that! Remember that’s our goal -to do something that brings some light-heartedness to our day! Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 2 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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