My topic today is Meria’s Marvelous Mischief. Julia Cameron in the Artist’s Way describes it an Artist Date. Sarah Ban Brethnaach in Simple Abundance calls it a Creative Excusion. My tag is meant to inspire mild-mannered misbehavior, playfullness and high spirits. No matter what you call it they add up to the same result: time dedicated to the pursuit of nurturing your creativity.
The rules are simple: invest quality time exploring what gives you joy and you must do it alone because you are the only counsel you need to determine your bliss. Both Julia and Sarah suggest two hours every week to celebrate yourself (i.e. find new passtimes or rediscover old ones, take in a movie, have an early breakfast before work at a new cafe, cruise the aisles of an intersting little shop, visit an art supply store or beautiful fabric store, browse in a new/used-book store) wherever spirit calls you. Having something grand to look forward to once a month sounds like a more realistic and wonderful plan for me. As Julia explains it, “in order to create, we draw from our inner well,” but we have to spend time nururing ourselves. She tells us to “fill the well,” meaning we should seek out new experiences and “a little fun can go a long way towrd making your work feel more like play. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.”
I know. I know. How in the world can any sane woman who has the normal responsibilities of home, family and job (even if, and especially if, the job IS the family and home !) hope to run away to spend time seeking her bliss while the boss is waiting for a report, the husband and kids are wiating for dinner and there’s laundry to be done. Also, how does one determine what to do on these outings and how can one have fun by herself? I plan to offer suggestions and chronicle my mischief-making in this blog.
I’m going to make a commitment to a once a month date seejubg my Creative Destiny and I plan to get this whole thing started with an incredibly wonderful first outing. This month I’ve chosen to attend a play. But not just any play. I love theatre. I studied Shakespeare in London and got goosebumps as I stood on the stage at the Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre where so many great performances have taken place. I did a short internship at a Fringe Theatre in London (above a pub, of course!) and had a great time; my duties included running lines with the cast, going to the shops for tea treats and sweeping the steps before the performance. I have been part of Community Theatre, as both cast and crew, and was thrilled with the experience. There’s someting about being in a dark theatre and witnessing a whole other world coming to life before your eyes by the sheer determination and energy of the actors on stage before you. It’s been so long since I’ve gone to a play and reading the Sunday paper I saw that there was going to be a local production by a playwright I truly admire.The New York Times described Wendy Wasserstein as a “chronicler of women’s identity crises.” In other words-she is a writer who not only understands the women she is writing about, she writes so well we believe they are real! I immediately went on line and bought a ticket for the Sunday matinee of Wendy Wasserstin’s THIRD and look forward to seeing how the theme of certainty of uncertainty in life unfolds. I am in awe of her talent and admire all she has accomplished. The wit and humor combined with sensitivity and inelligens as seen in her other plays (The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Old Money) really captures the life and longings of upscale, highly educated women. I’m so glad that this educated woman has a chance to sit in the dark and drink in the handiwork of such a talented mentor. What will your Marvelous Mischief be?…