The collage made sense: an experienced writer surrounded by readers and books.
But later, while glancing at the collage, my perspective shifted.That is, I’ve thought of writing as a solitary occupation. A renegade act. But what I had thought of as solitary now appeared collaborative and connected. I had learned to write in front of a television with my family around me. In later years, I’d write at the kitchen table while they were in the living room. I love journaling in crowded coffee shops. Editing in the company break room. This shift in perspective was eye-opening and I want more!
- To shift your perspective try this: write down your current point of view about a tiny trouble.
- Put on your walking shoes and allow 30 minutes. Leave the earbuds at home and your phone in your pocket. Walk the neighborhood, the beach, the streets.
- Your intention is to notice what you like with the walking prompt. "I like..."I like that yard, that plant, that purse, that mask!
- The mind chatter will chime in at walking step #2. "A red door! I was going to have a red door. That reminds me to go to Home Depot..."
- When you notice you are lost in thought, simply come back to “I like” on the next step.
- When you are back home, write down a couple sentences about how you feel about your tiny trouble or about the walking prompt.