A good friend of mine says that these days, people are getting their inspiration/spirituality from one of two places: religion or Oprah. Sometimes both. Well, anyone who knows me knows that worship at the altar of Oprah.
So yesterday I went to Oprah's Web site and found this video of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed. Gilbert's words have been a touchstone for me as I move into life after divorce, so whenever she talks, I listen. (If you have a 20 minutes to check out the video, please do.) She's a terrific storyteller. I identify with her views on creativity, on failure, and on living well, which is a good model for me--someone trying to honor who and what she love vs. life's mundane but necessary obligations.
Now that I've been given this second chance to become whoever it is I am supposed to be, I hope I am living a life that honors my children, my parents, and the people who care most about me. I hope I am making a difference somehow. If not today, then tomorrow, and the next day, and forever after.
I am too hard on myself; I recognize that and am working on it. I need to laugh more.
My poem, "Shelf Life" is up at Salamander Cove.
This week I'm trying to nurture my creative side by saying yes more than I say no. What I really need to do is write poetry and read a few poetry books. And spend a little more time laughing with the kids. Good thing summer is just around the corner.
I make a lot of to-do lists, but I enjoy making them and crossing items off. Makes me feel as if I'm moving forward. So for this week:
1. Write two poems, one from a Big Tent Poetry prompt
2. Read a poetry collection and a fiction book from my reading list
3. Revise 4-6 poems to send out for submissions
Keeping it simple this time. Maybe I'll start Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert for fiction, and Susan Rich's The Alchemist's Kitchen for poetry.