This is us You and me Spirits riding The wires. Participants In Global Society To the Ninth Degree. We are hung Between Earth and Sky, Becoming Detached From what Some call Reality. Still, it is In these Hours Many find Strength To endure, In interaction With temporal Strangers, Who are Cyber friends. The lines Wired, Screens, Love or Hate, Friends And Foes, There are Few ways To let go The life Within This realm Digital, Technology Wins the hour Abides, Attenable.
Today, I return to my original format used with my first creativity project online, found on Chronicles. I have included my handwritten journal entry for this date.
Prompt If you have not tried journaling, do that. You may wish to do freeform as above, or you may want to give yourself a topic each day. If you are doing specific creative work, a journal may also be used to work out glitches and problems in what you are doing. Include what you wish; a journal is like a friend whose feedback is in your reading again.
Recommendation I have listened to the Audible version of Sandman and am listening to Sandman 2. I am usually not a fan of audiobooks, but I find these extremely enjoyable. Both employ a cast of voice actors and required sounds, and it may help that I am already a fan of Neil Gaiman.
READING SUGGESTION The first book I have completed in 2022 is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I read this book in 2011 when it originally came out, and I am afraid much reading since fogged my memory of some portions. Since my son, Alex, often references it, I reread it. It is a good book about computers, simulations, the 1980s, the present, friendship, romance, lost love, and even has some murder thrown in. It is a book with a broad appeal, as relevant now as at its initial publication, maybe more.
1 Maybe, those dreams past We can make real if we take This time to attend To things we began before Warnings dire started to flash.
2 Who could you become If you trusted yourself more Than you have before?
3 We can never buy What we want most, try we may But days, past decays.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. For holidays, and For average days when routine Takes hold, and things are A bit less bold, and one can Be a comfortable self, like: A quiet volume, Not opened to reveal all The story it hides, But sitting dreamy waiting ‘Til some hungry soul arrives. 2. For clever devices Technologies some devise Adding joy to lives. 3. My ability To read and maybe write, With some expertise. 4. These dogs, who call me Theirs, who willingly share space And the air freely. 5. Friends and family I have had, happily known, Those lives still present And those now gone, just away, Or to their heavenly home.
A gratitude list, made poetry? Not entirely sure what happened there, but I also seem to speak in rhyme from time to time, so I guess I will not worry over something so sublime.
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Nothing worthwhile is easy, but difficulties do not signal giving up. Our minds may attempt to convince us we cannot compete, finish, win, but even so, we cannot give in.
All good things must be nurtured, tended, grown with attention and positive intention. We are those who make a difference through our achievement or neglect.
Today, the challenge is to create even when there is nothing to display, though words like minnows when light is withdrawn – race away.
We do not molder in the dark and allow life to fade. We prepare for times of shadow, arranging to have light enough to illuminate areas most common. The existence of consciousness is so rare that appreciation may best always be the default position.
Another year of untarnished days beckons, all wrapped in fancy, delighting with what will be. Living each moment fully, vanquishing regret, is creativity’s Love call. Making life a better hour than before is the goal. The competition is besting our yesterday and tendering ourselves to feel at ease, home.
Things we extend our strength to accomplish can become fuel for the future. We all belong and are enough as individuals. As groups, our power to save the world multiplies. We are stars, uplift, flame, we become the good we will, lightning still.
No brakes; finding what must be is the mission; everyone must search. No one needs permission to reach for more. All is to be, assured. The whole is sufficient to meet every need. Ask, receive! Eject fear, embrace belief!
Romans 8:28 – And we know all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.
If you have differences, please take what you can and pardon the rest. I do not intend to offend anyone; I believe in love for everyone. All are welcome here.
Close upon the skin The who we live with, within, A reliquary loved For living life, to abide Until all things become new.
Gratitude 1. The electricity was not out for more than two hours. 2. I have battery backups to help make storms less disruptive. 3. I completed 93 books last year. 4. Sometimes, the words show up if I am open. 5. The gift of the day and all the blessings it brings.
Prompt If you wish, act upon something above. By all means create, whatever excites you. In doing, we can hold entropy at bay. Chaos needs your help to release its claim.
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Starting and ending are easy, but the middle gives life to the story. The morass of details, building, deconstructing, together and apart, is where we find meaning for the first and last. As creators, we test ourselves and find the elements we are made from in the uncharted country that stretches infinite inside our boundaries.
Sometimes, the mistakes are where we learn the best and the most when we create. Never be afraid of failure or the line that goes awry. We can recover, but never beginning or stopping when things get difficult serves no one. Perfection is a myth; it can hold us prisoners; creation is the goal, and sometimes the process is messy.
Writing can be bizarre. We work on one thing, then find parts and pieces, fit puzzle-like with our other work. Such was my experience today; it was like chunking ideas at a mind map.
1. Love sometimes silent Makes one wily and wary; Trust, a butterfly, Some pick the brightly colored Wings off and set them aflame.
Slaking emotion Within a stranger desire, Holding back the truth, When unbeknownst, tears fall warm – Milk curdled in noonday sun.
2. Some secrets have ways Of bleeding out over time, Leaving stains behind Hard to cover in the mind Or in person, once you find.
Everyday becomes Barred captivity with no Date set for release, Creativity invents Dialogues, reasons, endless.
Tears you comprehend But cannot ever explain To those who must pry Into the brown-paper wrapped Packages under bleary eyes.
3. Who knows the flashes Of memory making you? Is your life managed In black boxes mentally? Can anyone explain fear?
When you smile, statements, Does someone care, understand? Years play melodies Like guitars, dice, ivory – Peddle pleasures, distant names.
No pictures remain Glass burst, broken, twisted frames; To travel back, no, Claims upon the shattered heart Too costly to rearrange.
Winners rode away Without regret meant to say – Drowning in bottles Forsaking the meaning – Love – Ravens, dark dirges – black sing.
Still, shrill the ailing, Lonely wails, no one listens, The darkness alone Harbors shadows whoever It was and somehow might be.
Castaway – leave shore, Dump boxes full of shame, woe, Let bad temper go, Find the self anew, made free Voyage into what agrees.
Prompt As you work, see how you handle middles. Do you have beginnings and endings within them? Create inside, but aside your boundaries. Share your experience if you wish.
Gratitude I am thankful: 1. Today, I had an opportunity to talk to my son, Alex. 2. The weather may become colder again. 3. I created a lot today. 4. I can determine how I employ my creativity. 5. Life is like origami; every fold adds value to the whole.
When looking over your year, be sure to give yourself credit for any accomplishment. 2021 may have been much more fraught with difficulty than the average year.
Going into 2022, if you set goals, be gentle with yourself. Have a baseline with a fallback plan. You may want to set ambitious goals, but only with alternates.
If your schedule increases with less free time, do not overfill your leisure with personal projects. Rest and recreation are crucial to well-being.
Do you have research to do? Try to include this requirement within your reading goal. Take notes to leverage in creative work. Wherever you are, take pictures that may lead to innovative developments. Try to make your life a multi-use platform.
Find ways to share your endeavors with a broader audience. The world is a smaller place than in the past, but sometimes there seems to be distance between us. Any way you can find for real-world personal exchange, do it. We still need face-to-face contact. Of course, take necessary health precautions, and if video conferencing seems better, you call the shots.
Be open to new things and new methods and tools to do familiar tasks. There are so many ways to bridge the problem gaps. If need be, ask others online how they solved a similar conundrum.
Share your expertise when you can. Learning from one another is still an excellent way to overcome the fear of failure and unwillingness to jump into taxing possibilities.
If it appeals to you, keep a gratitude journal. This tends to make you more aware of your blessings. You may especially find it suitable to trace the hopes and dreams coming true for you.
Ah, I hope your new year brings you closer to your cherished position, currently only a dream.