Dear 2018 (A Letter To 2018) (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 62)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Monday, January 1st, 2018


Welcome to 2018! Wish you a very happy new year! How was the holiday season? What are your hopes for 2018? What do you want to achieve? For Day 62′s creative prompt, let’s write a letter to 2018 . Dear 2018… What will you write in it? Please write what resonates with you. I have shared my letter to 2018 below.

Dear 2018/ Collectivitea

Dear 2018, it is lovely to see you because I feel hopeful that either the challenges of the last so many years will now start lessening (because, seriously, how long can this go on?!) or that I have now achieved enough clarity that I can meet these challenging lessons with more courage, and maybe even equanimity, grace, and humor. We have met reach other in so many forms after all. Dear 2018, please remind me that I am strong. The voice inside keeps telling me how weak and scared I am but I am beginning to understand that’s not really my voice. For all those of us who are scared of the unknown path, I hope we‘ll realize that we don’t have to have everything figured out. Take the step in front of you. For those of us who are our vanguard band of truth tellers, please keep sharing the messy, authentic truth, so that aspiring to some imaginary or universal ideal of perfection becomes a thing of the past. Most of all, I hope that kindness and compassion rule, and judgement stops rearing its ugly head. Best, Priya

Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 62 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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