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Anticipation

Anticipation
With the changes in technology, I too have learned how to send a text, check my email on the phone, take pictures and post on social networks, but I have realized my expectations lack anticipation. I have lost that romantic era of letter writing and the connection with my feelings, hopes, and dreams as I long for a response. Those days when I would record in a journal how my heart longs, the days seem endless, and my observations of my surroundings.

There was a time when I was told “Patience is a Virtue,” that it had meaning. I was encouraged to learn to be patient, to maintain steady perseverance, a quality to suppress restlessness without complaint. It would become goodness, an admirable quality that would enhance my life and character.

Excuses I would like to list, blame I can place on broad, general categories, but the truth of the matter, I have to take responsibility with change, to accept new things that can benefit and hold onto the building stepping-stones of the process that got me this far.

My grandson turned 10 years old this month, and I have enjoyed sharing with him each year we celebrate. This year he expressed that he was growing up and felt he had out-grown a few things. There are things we out grow, but virtues, morals, and patience should not be on that list. Those ingredients have become the stepping-stones that assisted, encouraged, and offered guidance to the technology we so much enjoy today. That anticipation to build a better tomorrow depends on those virtues of yesterday being used.

I was once told that when someone beholds and acquires patience, then that person will learn to observe, learn to expand new information, and share a sense of calmness, peacefulness to others which gives some stability to one’s community.

Yes, I will admit, I like the convenience of an instant response to my questions when I text, but I also miss those moments when I would day-dream while I waited and came up with new, creative ideas to keep me busy! Those innovative moments when ideas became gifts for others on their birthday, gifts that benefited a loved one and expanded my horizons in crafts, photography and writing!

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Recycling of Creative Ideas

Enhancing the Old

I know everyone has heard the phrase, “Out with the old and in with the new.”  There are times when something does not live up to its purpose, being out-of- date, too slow, or the cost of repairs cost more than a newer model.   Before tossing, remember there is another saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  There are times too when something old can provide new or additional meaning to develop ideas to move forward.  Could it be that creative ideas are recycled, and the enduring ideas over time had more to offer than a product?

I needed some ideas and started searching through old pictures taken with an older camera.  I was one of those folks that thought a newer camera would give me better pictures, so to speak.  I was amazed at what I found.  With the matter of angles and lighting, I had done pretty well with that old camera, but what I discovered, I had captured some memorable times with family and friends.

What I discovered was I have those moments when I get caught up in the product, the achievement, the competition of the matter and forget the purpose, the results, and the reward of the moment.  There are so many sayings posted today giving excellent advice to slow down, absorb your surroundings, and appreciate right now, before it’s gone in a second.

I think, those creative ideas that I search for to complete a project, to improve a skill, or enhance productivity are stimulating motivators to pursue a dream, but there needs to be a balance with the old that helped and supported the foundation to carry on the weight of the new.  There needs to be several pillars of support that treasure each moment of the creative journey of life.

 

Renewed Notions

It may be a theory in time,

Accomplishments in history,

A dream in each season,

A way of life to learn,

Meant to be developed,

Its value to be respected,

An endless journey to behold,

To one another, passed on, it’ll grow.

SGW

Prompt Your Creative Side

“I wouldn’t go any further, unless you want your delusions scattered,” his daughter warned.  She was sitting in the shadows at the far end of the porch.

“I was dropping off his jacket he left at the diner,” Joyce explained.

“I’ll take it, that way his unscrupulous reputation will remain without confirmation,” she said as she stood up and walked towards Joyce.

Joyce was confused.  She handed the jacket to his daughter.  She stood there for a moment gazing at his daughter, as if waiting for an explanation.

His daughter took the jacket as she exhaled her cigarette. “Thank you, I’ll tell him, you stopped by,” she said.

“Ok, thanks,” Joyce said as she took a few steps backwards to head towards her car.  She kept staring at his daughter in wonder.  His daughter glared at Joyce with a half smirk as Joyce got into her car.  Joyce could feel his daughter’s eyes to continue to burn into her as she looked into the rearview mirror while she drove out of the drive.

Joyce didn’t want to leave and was curious of what goes on behind closed doors at the Fuller’s residence.  Each time he came into the diner, he was polite, had the capacity to make others laugh, and his friends that would join him seemed to respect his opinions shared.

He had asked Joyce out last night, encouraging her to share some time, to get to know him better.  Now she had been warned to forget their last conversation.

 

Creative Prompt

Prompts are creative ways to get the imagination active.  So to speak, to get the juices flowing to create, to develop a perception that can grow.  Using a prompt can give me that stimulation needed to build upon a concept or notion.  I find using lines from the newspaper, or even comments from friends and family and pictures have inspired me with ideas.  I was listening to a conversation and the statement, “She kept staring at his daughter,” stayed in my thoughts.  Ideas of a mystery started to progress.  Who knows where I will go with this dramatic beginning.

Exercise Creativity

Take Me Home

It has been one of those weeks when cloud cover seems to stay and moisture lingers in the air with the scattered thunder storms. It has been a pleasant week to complete some things indoors, including reading. I have read some intriguing books and even read that typically the genre I find fun to read is often the best genre for my writing. I do not know if there is a lot of truth in that ideology. I have enjoyed books of mystery, crime, and even romance, but I write through the view point of a cat.

I had done an exercise in the past that suggested picking an age I had fond memories. Then describe myself at that age and what I wished for out of the future at that age. Then compose that description into a character. Believe it or not, that is where I got the idea for speaking through the cat. At a young age, I was so fond of animals, especially cats. When neighbors lost their pets, they would call my house first to see if I had brought them home. If a puppy came up to me as I was walking home from school and seemed to want to follow me, and then home with me, he came. I was more than willing to let him stay, provide food and water and give him a name. I was determined to rescue all abandoned pets. Today, I still have a weak heart when it comes to stray animals. So, now explaining that exercise, that gives insight to where my characters come from in my stories.

I will admit that various exercises suggested through classes, magazines, and the Internet can provide inspiration to writing. When I have those moments, and hopefully less than more, and my thoughts do not seem to stay focused on writing the story at hand, these exercises seem to help add fuel to give creativity a boost. One exercise I liked, I call the Hallmark exercise, and you were to think of a Holiday, one that was memorable and exciting. Let yourself go back in time and feel the emotions you felt. Then write about the emotions in tangible detail. What would you describe that can be touched, but expresses tender joy? Another was to write about your favorite Holiday food. Allow yourself to use your senses and capture each element of aroma, texture, taste and appetizing appearance.

The first time I attempted some of these exercises, well, some of those first drafts have been deleted. But I will say, I have gotten ideas from those attempts and even used some of the descriptions from the exercises in some of my stories.

So, if it is a rainy day and you find it is a reasonable time to remain indoors, what genre do you like to read? Maybe it is an opportune time to write, like a letter to a friend and describing that new recipe for cheesecake you just baked. Make your friend reach out and contact you because she could just smell, taste and see that scrumptious, delectable dessert.

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