Day 66, and the first Friday of the new year! As the title declares, for Day 66 we are going to find 25 things to be grateful for in 2018. I know it’s still very early days, and the verdict on how 2018 is going to turn out isn’t in yet. However as we’ve learned, it is important to take time to be grateful, no matter what our ever-changing life circumstances bring us. For today’s creative prompt, let’s find 25 things to be grateful for in 2018. I can get you started with 5, and then it’s up to you…
- I don’t think it’s cheating if we start the list off by being grateful to have made it out of 2017!
- The start of a new year is an artificial boundary between the lessons of 2017 and that of 2018. But as Meister Eckhart said, “And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” We can be grateful for the start of the new year.
- Grateful for something in nature: As I type this, the East Coast of the United States is facing a massive winter storm. Two days ago, we felt a 4.4 earthquake here in California, an ever-present reminder of the seismic threat in this region. Both are portrayals of the power of natural forces. Today, think about something in nature that you are grateful for. For example, I am grateful that the rain has finally arrived and relieved the state of the continuing dry weather. Walking in the rain and watching the leaves spiral down into puddles is a magical sight! Please write what you are grateful for.
- Grateful for a friend or family member
- Grateful for an opportunity that 2018 has brought you– social, career, creative, volunteer – any kind of opportunity.
It’s your turn now! I could list 25 things/prompts, but it’s your creative exercise too! What are the other things that you are grateful for in 2018? Among the other things I am writing on my list are my gratitude for whoever the genius was that came up with chocolate mango ganache truffles, for Friday evenings when I get to retire with said chocolate and a book, for libraries that have decided to stay open on Sundays starting 2018, for museum memberships that I thought had expired on Jan 1st but turns out they are expiring on Jan 31st- yay, there is still time to go! It’s been my experience that once you start writing a list like this one, something loosens inside of you, and you can’t stop! What did you think of? Write it quickly, and without judgement. Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!- Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 66 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