Sunday, March 30, 2014
What Feeds the Spirit Feeds our Creativity...
In the online "virtual" world, I am privileged to enjoy and embrace friendships and associations with some awesome individuals. All sorts of folks from all racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, from all around the world.
We share stories, useful links, job leads, and collaborate creatively.
Three cheers for the Internet and how it has allowed us to connect and enrich one another, learn and grow together!
But, in the "real" physical world, I find that I prefer the intimacy of a small group of people.
I'm very selective about the people I call "friend."
Even the "Good Book" admonishes us to "guard the heart."
So, each March, in conjunction with Women's History Month, I celebrate the fabulous females that comprise my "inner circle."
Sisters, with whom there is no need to compete.
All accomplished in our own way--
Sisters who accept me with all my flaws and shortcomings. Women who celebrate me, not just tolerate me. :-)
I do this through a "Girls' Night" event sponsored at my home.
We laugh together, break bread together, talk about guys, and enjoy a toast or two to celebrate our bond.
Some of these chicks I've known since college days; others became friends as a result of our love of writing and creativity. Among us are teachers, a retired cop, and other service professionals.
Which brings me to today's topic...
I find that the things that feed our soul and spirit can also feed our mind and creativity.
How about you?
For me, it's spending time with bright, bodacious friends, and sharing good food and stimulating conversation. The gathering and support seems to make some of the other harsh events experienced in life more palatable.
Perhaps for you it's spending time with nature, or planting your rose garden, or a church service, or cooking in the kitchen.
Whatever the indulgence, in the aftermath, you feel lighter, more optimistic, joyful, inspired, blessed.
The more you are fed, the more you can feed others---through your words, through lessons learned,
through a bigger harvest.
How about you?
What feeds your spirit?