Note: Jen Louden, Susannah Conway, and Marianne Elliott requested I and others riff on what brings us each creative joy. This guide is my reply. It started as a personal riff to my self about what’s important and how Thoreau’s and Dillard’s sentiments have driven me for 20-plus years. Hence, the images are personal. And then it became this guide. Enjoy and join them at http://www.creativejoyretreat.com/. They are amazing people.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Each day is a god.” – Annie Dillard
Carry wonder in your pack. She’s light and spacious.
Lay out a path
of breadcrumbs for others,
step away, and become a
Soften your eyes, listen, and braid new patterns.
so the wind
how grand it is.
Most of the mind is there.
And the mind can be kind of cool and cozy where it’s dark.
your Inner Goofy
and the world
will honk back.
more than size up.
Unwrap the gift of solitude.
Hold the space
Then, let it go.
And 1 Core Reminder:
There is more day
to dawn than dawn.
There is more Self
to you than you.
JEFFREY DAVIS works with creative innovators, scholars, teams, and social change-makers to help creativity flourish in times of challenge and change.
Delight and wonder are his super-powers.
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