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The Journey

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Contrast

 

I sit down to write. I have an uplifting theme in mind, and am eager to explore it through the writing process. I immerse myself in the words spilling onto the keyboard and am drawn into a world apart. The words take me with them through breathtaking views and minefields of danger.

I put the last period in place and go back to read through the journey. I discover that what I set out to write is nowhere to be found. An uplifting piece has turned into a brooding one. The contrast is staggering.

I ask myself what happened and ponder my subconscious, the memes I have encountered of late, and recency effects. It’s all so easy to explain.

And yet, it’s not.

In those moments of being immersed, I know that I am not alone. There is Someone flying ahead of me, and I am merely following. The journey is soul-satisfying when I follow well, and the end result is often unexpected. It’s when I  get tangled in the weeds of morbid introspection, or get sucked down a vortex of self-defeating logic that the bond is severed and what I write no longer carries its satisfying flavour.

I suppose there is still value to be redeemed from the journeys gone wrong. They keep me humble and remind me that mine is to follow, and that the One whom I follow satisfies the soul.

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The Journey of a Lifetime

This was it, the journey of a lifetime, the “it” he had been dreaming of all his life. He’d jumped through all the hoops- twelve years of grade school, four years of university, another two years of grad school, thirty-two years of working for the man to support his wife and three kids. Now, it was his turn.

He stood in the airline check-in counter and chatted with the attendant about his round-the-world ticket and his excitement to see the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, the lions of the Serengeti. She smiled, checked in his baggage, and directed him to the security line.

All his life he had waited for this moment, this moment that would end far sooner than he expected with a heart attack at 35,000 feet.

What are you waiting for?

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Contrast

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Contrast

 

It’s the silence after the echo,
the alarm clock shattering the dream, the last red rose in the snow.
Such contrasts heighten our sensitivity to the complexity and beauty of life.

Ours is not a world devoid of feelings, of dark greys, going through the motions or mechanical gestures.

No, ours is a world of thunder and dead quiet, cheering crowds and peace marches, imagination and mathematics. The more of the world’s many shades and moods we see, the richer our grasp of possibility.

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A Picture of Perfection

It’s a perfect scene, quaint cabin, warm glow emanating from inside, smoke billowing out the chimney. A pristine valley with snow-lighted mountains rests in the background.

Millions of copies of life idealized hang in the living rooms and bedrooms of the middle-class from coast to coast. There’s one in Grandma’s house. Margaret always hated it. 

There’s been another Thanksgiving family feud and Margaret has stormed off into the spare bedroom, slamming the door behind her. The picture frame rattles on the wall, catching her attention. Her eyes narrow as she stares at it and seethes.

A rush of adrenaline.  

She flings the desk drawer open and grabs a black Jiffy marker. With a few quick strokes the mountains turn into erupting volcanoes, lava streaming down into the valley, bursting the cabin into flames.

“A picture truer to life,” she proclaims.

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