Energy Warp

We’ve all experienced it – being absolutely zapped.

I returned home yesterday from a nice afternoon with my friend Jen in Temecula to find myself spent.

Why so exhausted? Not sure. Instead of doing what I usually do, though, when laziness strikes, a.k.a. be a drone and mindlessly feed on Facebook [you damn, time sucker, you], I grabbed a book. It was called 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment (Voices That Matter) by Stefan G. Bucher (http://www.amazon.com/344-Questions-Do—Yourself-Fulfillment/dp/0321733002/ref=la_B001JP2UWG_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358470263&sr=1-1).

A couple paragraphs into its quirky forward, I realized I had made an excellent choice. Not only is the author funny, he encourages you to not keep the miniature workbook clean, translating to mess it up, write in it freely, doodle on the pages, etc. He states and I quote, “If you keep this book in mint condition, I’ve failed.” Hell, he even tells you to do him a favor by dog-earring one of the pages and writing a swear word in its margin. [My kind of author.] And although, it’s very hard for me to be this free [yes, I’m the child who could not bring herself to color outside the lines], I turned the page and got to work.

I decided to only complete the first spread.

I decided to only complete the first spread. I mean I was tired after all ;) it was called “Where Are You Now?”

– How would you describe your life in one sentence?
– Where do you want to be: In your career? In your life? Geographically? Artistically? Mentally?
– What are you doing?

I quickly filled in my answers and dated the page. “Hmmm, that was pretty refreshing,” I thought. It didn’t cure my vigor-less-ness, but it DID jump started my brain. I’m not saying wasting time on the computer is a bad thing. I just feel that lately it’s doing more harm than good. And this book, well, I honestly think this is the tool I’ve been looking for. I mean I am trying to hone my creative side more and more each day and sometimes that’s not the easiest thing with this busy brain of mine.

“What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” – Aristotle

I guess the other option yesterday was a nap, but then I would have been “Grumpy Jenna.” You don’t want to meet her. She’s the worst; a real B . . .

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