Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 544

Photo borrowed from "The Heart of Innovation"


There seems to be something huge happening inside my mind at the moment.  Somehow I have managed to cleanse all the gumph leaving me wide open to experience and think of fabulous new things. I don't know how I did it, but I'm telling ya, I ain't complaining. I'm making best use of my new found creativity while I can, because when winter sets in you can bet my mind will freeze over.

You will remember that a few weeks back I wrote book number five.  After eighteen months of not writing a damn thing, I suddenly had a clear head and it filled with creativity in a one hour butterfly session. As I sat and carefully cut out the art of a year 2 class I started thinking of all things Harmony Day.  I remembered a moment forever etched in my mind when Tahlia, who was three at the time, came home from daycare talking about a boy in her class.  She wanted to invite him to her birthday party.  I had no idea who she was talking about so I asked her to describe him. She said he was the one with brown eyes and curly hair.  Nope. No clue.  When I arrived to collect her the following day I got to meet her new friend ... he had the darkest skin I have ever seen.  He was black as black could be.  But she hadn't referenced his skin tone.  She saw brown eyes and curly hair.  As I sat there cutting out butterflies and remembering this moment the new book suddenly hit me between the eyes.  Imagine if we all saw past religion, skin colour, physical appearances and abilities and could look through the eyes of a three year old.  Eyes that saw straight into a person's soul.  And thus "Different But Same" was born.

Then this morning, as I sat in my spa bath in a completely child free environment (Husband and I had date night last night and kids are with grandparents) I read a book by don Miguel Ruiz based on the ancient wisdoms of the Toltec people. It's called "The Four Agreements" with the first agreement being  "Be Impeccable With Your Word" and again my mind wondered off to children and the absolute innocence they are born with.  Again I recalled times in my kids lives at the tender age of three when they only ever commented on the beauty around them and never made reference to ugly.  I used to love taking Darby shopping with me as I tried on clothes. He would sit in his pram, remove his dummy from his mouth and say "oh Mummy, you look beautiful!".  It didn't matter that my stomach was hanging out or that my arse was showing hail damage through the fabric.  He could see past that and referenced only the love and beauty that he saw.  So as I sat in my bath this morning reflecting and reading about the Toltec's, book number six of the "Yes I Can" series took shape.  Imagine if we all only ever used the magic of words to encourage people forward instead of creating black magic to drag people down?

There seems to be something huge happening inside my mind at the moment.  I don't know how it's happening but I'm gonna grab it by the balls and run with it!!

Excuse me while I race off and write my next book ....

Wow I love Sundays.

Oh, and by the way, it's my Mum's birthday today.  Thanks for being the world's best Mum!!!

4 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday Mum!!! She is pretty special...still thinking about her & your Dad's amazing trip to build a school last year! Congrats with your inspired thoughts on your literary journey, and thank you for sharing your experience. It always tugs at my own ambitions, hopes & dreams & inspires me to pull my finger out and do something about it. Thank you xx

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  2. Go, YOU!
    I love this:
    Imagine if we all only ever used the magic of words to encourage people forward instead of creating black magic to drag people down?

    Wouldn't it be a different world?

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  3. Good for you for being so inspired and getting your writing on!

    I wish as adults we could see the world like children do.

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  4. I love love love The Four Agreements.

    xx

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