This may be fatigue talking, but this last chapter of The Artist’s Way didn’t engage me quite as much as other chapters in the book. Chapter 10 is titled, “Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection.” I’m already pretty clear on who I am and what to watch out for when I find myself doing everything but my work.
So, did I get anything out of this chapter?
Actually, yes. But not until I got to the tasks. There was one task that asked what my happiness touchstones were. Here was a task I could have fun with: focusing on things I love.
So, on this rainy Monday in Minnesota, a partial list of things that makes me happy is worth writing down:
1. a fat mug of fresh, black coffee
2. a new package of sour gummy worms
3. old, comfy blue jeans
4. smooth stones that I can hold in my hand
5. the first new leaf that pops open on our oak tree in the spring
6. the leather bookmark I brought back from Ireland
7. a wineglass full of zinfandel
8. my Frye boots
9. my silver peace bracelet that matches my daughter’s
10. the drawing my son made for my birthday a couple of years ago
One of the things about making a list like this is the realization that I am lucky. There is a lot that makes me happy and, as I look over the list, I can see that they are mostly simple things. Things that are easy to come up with when I need a little jolt of “happy”.
And those little jolts are part of what keeps the work going. You might have guessed I’m sitting here in my comfy blue jeans with a fat mug of coffee in front of me while I write.
What are some of your happiness touchstones?