Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Playing with the "Big Kids"

Do you remember the sense of trepidation you felt when you were asked to play with the big kids? Your fear-based self-talk may have gone something like this, "Oh, they want me to play! But, I'm not good enough. What if I can't keep up? I don't want to look silly."

Then, you forgot yourself and your worries. You began to enjoy the game and have fun. When it was all over, you felt a sense of accomplishment for taking a risk and joining the big kids. Yes, they truly wanted you in the game. In fact, they saw strengths and abilities in you that your fears had over-ridden.

On 73 Ways to Become a Better Writer, Mary Jaksch suggests attempting different genres of writing. Poetry is one genre that I'm not comfortable with - neither reading nor writing. So, why not start there?

In a recent post to Kayt Hoch, I commented:

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AuntieStress: @poetwist One of these days I may be brave enough to take u up on ur poetry challenge! :)

Kayt Hoch punctuates the day with daily tweets of encouragement which help us prod our inner poet.

Yesterday, she tweeted the following prompt to the Twitterverse.

Add your voice :-) word prompts & new poetry each weekday – today's word: curtain – looking forward to reading your tweet! #poetwist ∞∞

My hesitant but "go for it anyway" tweet:

@poetwist Will send u my first foible...playing with the "big kids" now! :) Why I'm making it public is beyond me! :~o

Followed by my first public attempt at poetry in a number of years. Many, many, years!:

AuntieStress @poetwist Stress closes the curtain of joy/Light♥edness is heavily-weighted /Is this what u wish 2 destroy?/A catastrophe abated

Promptly cheering me on, Kayt replied with:

@AuntieStress thanks for joining in :-) pushing the boundaries & risking a bit is palm sweaty for everyone - way to go for it!!

And a compliment on my very public poetic tweet:

@AuntieStress very nice write! excellent opening line - 'curtain' of joy is a wonderful turn of phrase - thought provoking message too!

The interesting part to me was the process. I knew I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and a tweet is a perfect place from which to fly - only 140 characters, plus Kayt was gently pushing me out of the nest.

Once I committed myself to writing a 140 character poem, it happened in mere minutes. That's the power of the heart. It's the strangest and most wonderful of feelings! The words seemed to appear out of nowhere - it's almost a sense of not thinking, or perhaps, more aptly, not trying to think.

As I continue to transform my stress and balance my nervous system by using the power of the heart, I experience this flow on a more frequent basis. It's what cortical facilitation is all about - the quietening of the fear-based "noise," in order to be able to hear and convey the true essence of what you want to say.

Finally, in a further email discussion, Kayt had this to share, "I can relate too, to the description of your process - I am an intuitive artist/writer - the initial work is more like a channel opening than me actually 'deciding' to 'do' anything. After that of course comes the intensity of disciplined crafting, molding the raw material into a final product."

I feel privileged to be playing with the big kids! Thanks to Kayt for awakening our poetry palate and creating a space for us all to play and experiment!

Image courtesy of Paulo Correa

4 comments:

  1. I grew up in the middle of four brothers, so it was play with them or play alone. I quickly learned to walk the wall and climb to the highest branch in the tree. Brothers take no nonsense!

    Granny taught us to use laughter to cut stress and I use it to this day. God bless my granny!

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  2. This is truly an inspiring post.

    I must say I am blushing at the terribly nice things you said about the poetwist gig. I really don't have a good perspective on how folks perceive that work, and I very much appreciate what you said. If anything I do positively influences even a single moment of creative flow, then I feel I am returning a debt owed to that which feeds me.

    I believe that creative expression is too often thought of as some sort of rarefied state reserved only for those starving in a loft somewhere. This is completely counter to reality (imo). I believe the creative thrust that manifests itself as the universe (whatever one believes that thrust to be) flows through each and every object & being throughout all the cosmos. And we are meant to express this creative force.

    Perhaps the stifling of this creative flow is a major contributor to the basis of our stress, illness, and disharmony. I don't 'know' if that is 'true' but I do intuitively feel it is the case.

    I thank you for so honestly sharing your stretch into the unknown with us. It is reassuring and encouraging in equal measure.

    You really are a gift to us all!

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  3. Grannymar,
    A life of adventure (and memories) courtesy of your brothers. And, probably a few nicks and bruises, too!

    Your granny passed on her gifts to you - that's evident when one visits your blog.

    Kayt,
    I think one of the telling things about your "poetwist gig" is that people are, indeed, participating! That speaks volumes and verses!

    Your intuition is right - when we don't honour our values - do what is in our heart - stress increases. In fact, the first lesson in the coaching programmes I use covers values and the relationship to stress.

    Creativity is important for health, growth and happiness. It does not just have to be about the arts - creativity is present in how we solve problems, answer questions or repair something.

    Thanks for caring enough to encourage us to expand our poetic wings!

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  4. And now it has turned into the most delightful poem on the LBC! Fantastic!

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