“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren
“Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”
― Gloria Steinem
Well, I may or may not agree with Gloria Steinem on everything, but on the above quote, I can truly say, AMEN! So here I am heading into the over 50 age bracket, and I am getting wildly radical with sharing from my current journals. Normally I share from a past journal…as in archives. As in old. Like myself. But, it seems the older I get – and this train does not go backwards- the more my attitude sort of reeks of “Why not?” and “Eh, who cares.” Of course, I do mean this in the most facetious way. And in all fairness, I have added this lovely journal to my archives as of August 2. But, honestly it just seems proper to share from this journal for this month’s Random Journal Day since the creator of it is our Featured Journal Keeper. It helps that I am not overly concerned about sharing from something so hot off the press, so to speak. But, either way fresh from the pages of my Summer journal, I offer you two perspectives…
I don’t usually like to elaborate too much, but I will say my journaling process and initial thoughts and pondering often lead to lengthier writings, including but not exclusively, poetry. This one did lead to a very heavy poem which I will perhaps submit for publication in the future. However, I give you the seed thoughts and impromptu prayers as they appear in my journal (brazen old coot that I am):
Lord, help me to truly know what it is to be so at one with you, there is only quiet confidence. How can I purge everything? How can I simplify? How can I be awake to your beauty? How can I have more energy…time, focus? How can I keep my house clean, keep up with everything? How can I escape the disapproving eyes? How can I return good for such injustice?
I often ask open ended questions which start with the external, obvious struggles and circle around to the stuff that’s swimming around just beneath the surface of all the superficial distraction. The last two lines were the turning points and the line that follows begins an eight page poem. I think so often, we stay with the first questions, stop writing. Put the pen down, and stay in that overwhelmed place…but if you can just keep writing- let the words come from the depths of your soul, the true gift of writing will come. You have to dig deep…deeper. Or write deeper…you have to get through all the extraneous bull…and keep writing. OK, so I did not mean to go all lecture on you. But, I just know someone needs to hear it. So there, I said it.
Next, the image and my Two Perspectives:
Perspective 1: At first I saw the butterfly tethered…tied, trapped, and the fairy girl questionable in intent.
Perspective 2: But then I saw that the butterfly happily, willingly pulling the fairy on the lily pad.
Perspective is everything, isn’t it?
Oh, my goodness, Friends…Random Journal Day is happening this weekend! I am really excited and hope you will be sure and show up, peek in some journals, comment and just take part in the party! The Link goes live at 12 AM Friday, August 7. Um…or in case you have Summer Brain, that’s less than 2 hours!