Since having done my Sandbox Challenge review on Thursday, I’ve been pondering the “creative” process I go through when I’m “spelunking” in my “heart and soul cave.” My pondering has led me to the realization that perhaps I make the “digging” a bit more, well, ponderous, than it needs to be. My mind goes in a million directions when I’m contemplating or ruminating over things that are on my mind.
It occurred to me it would be really helpful to have a centering premise (for lack of a better word) from which to focus my “research.”* Interestingly, I think I ran across such a thing this morning reading the next quote in Daily Calm: Photos and Wisdom to Lift Your Spirit. It’s a quote by Henry David Thoreau.
Simplify the problem of life: distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.
I’ve been “digging” willy-nilly in so many different places in my “cave” that sometimes I find my excavations confusing. There are a lot of “artifacts” I find that really mean nothing special to my life, aren’t defining moments or feelings, yet I want to assign them some significant importance. I wonder if this quote would be the perfect guiding principle for knowing what to keep and work with and what to throw out…
I’ve been so busy doing two challenges in a row (89 days’ worth) that I haven’t picked this book up in a while. This has been a serendipitous “find” for me this morning. Now I’m going to have to rethink and refine my process so I don’t get stuck in a “hole” like I did when I was just journaling. I think it’s going to be a good day to go “spelunking!”
Oh! Before I forget, Percy says “Hey!”
*(Maybe I need a glossary of excavation terms in my sidebar so I don’t have to keep putting the bloomin’ things in quotation marks so folks know I didn’t use a wrong word? …rolls eyes)