Friday, December 18, 2020

Angels Among Us.


Sometimes, we are so focused on what we need to accomplish and we are so set on moving forward in a direction that we're sure is the right way to go.  After all, we have set our GPS, we have written our outline, we have studied the Aristotelian Arc, we know our Joseph Campbell, we have embraced the Hero's Mythic Journey and we have Saved the Cat.  

We don't want anything (or anybody) interrupting our flow.

And then along comes an angel who sits on our shoulder and whispers in our ear "come out and play" or "don't you want to put a turtle in that scene" or even "take the day off and roam around in the backyard wearing fairy wings" or even "please, mom take me to the park."  

Actually, that's a quote from my daughter, who often interrupted my literary reveries when she was younger and wore fairy wings.  This is a photo of her at ten years old.  She was--and still is--an angel.

But, here's what I know.  I am grateful for the times she interrupted me because what she offered me was true inspiration, joy, genius and love.  And I would say this to you--there are angels all around you all the time.  The trick is to listen and to know when it's time to let go of your hero's journey and follow your angel into places unknown and unfamiliar.  That's where the true magic lies.

So, your creative prompt this week--look around at your own ordinary life and ask yourself, who is my angel?  This person (or animal) might not look angelic at first glance.  In fact, they might seem as if they are a distraction, but I ask you to reconsider who fills up your creative ink well and then pay attention.

 That's all.  Pay attention.

And if you'd like a creative prompt, here's a word:  angel.

Oh, and have fun!



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