Tuesday, August 23, 2011
One of the reasons I go kicking and screaming into every one of life's changes (or so it seems) is because I forget how changes beget creativity. If I could remember the surge in creativity that accompanies a shake up in routine, then maybe I wouldn't get so scared. Ya think?
I've been writing like crazy, here, on Chateau Seven, and for myself. I purchased the app Evernote for the iphone and my computer. The words are pouring out of me at the moment. It's kind of amazing, really. Where are all these words coming from?
What I was thinking this morning is that the words were stuck somewhere in my psyche, frozen in some sort of etymological stasis that accompanied my overly predictable schedule. I got stuck in a rut in which I only went to the Matchbox for dinner, always ordered the same thing, in which I saw the same clients every week or every other week, year in and year out. I waste away when in stasis. It's not good. In Chinese medicine they believe that if there is no change, disease will result. Yeah.
Brain nerds like David Eagleman switch up their schedules as much as possible - to keep their brains interested. In the last few years I have gone the other way, towards predictability. Last winter I watched a million episodes of NCIS, I sat in the same chair in the same room. I even developed a mild version of frozen shoulder - which was quickly dispatched with vigorous massage and acupuncture, should say.
Today will be a David Eagleman day - grocery shopping, then a visit to the Sufi acupuncturist after which I'm seeing one client this afternoon, then cooking dinner for the ex housemates (who are going to help me put up a semi sheer curtain in the massage studio, making it even cozier and more welcoming).
Feeling stale? Uninspired (like I was)? Switch it up, people. It's a bit unnerving but it really helps.