|Message on a Bowl|
This morning gave me a perfect example of why this 21-day program is going to be powerful.
One of the first things Sebastian Michaels of Photo Artistry and Awake! suggests is setting up a series of phone alerts to remind you to do things that can help you be more effective … more Awake!
On Monday, I set up a bunch of alerts … things like Create! Wake-up! Be HERE! Unplug. On Wednesday, my world fell apart when my beloved pet companion was killed. I know that life must go on, and that this, too, shall pass as do all bad things as well as all good things.
Knowing all of that doesn’t stop the pain, but sometimes distraction does. Getting lost in Facebook is an excellent distraction and this morning that’s where I was when my phone suddenly blasted a high energy song into my ears, accompanied by the word Create!
I got the message and closed Facebook, stood up and danced around the room to the song that was playing (“Turn My Ship Around” by Jeremy Buck) and then sat down, opened up the video for Day 4, to be watched as soon as I finish this reflection for Day 3.
Setting these alerts is changing my day, my energy and my actions. Not bad for one small, simple technique. If I didn’t do anything else during this 21-day course, I would still be ahead of the game. However, I have also cleaned my desk and my computer desktop, and cleared out half of my email inbox by setting a timer for 5-minutes a day and deleting everything I can in those 5 minutes. Wow!
The image above is a creative challenge from the Photo Artistry course and reminds me of the power of constraints. We were instructed to take an image of one common household item and use a bunch of textures and techniques to come up with a more “artsy” image. Here’s the original image.
Making art is a great distraction from the pain of loss, but it’s more than just distraction, it’s creation and feels like it’s healing the wound rather than just avoiding the pain.