And so it begins….
Ok, it’s NaNoPoBlano month. I feel like there should be a trumpet or drum roll or something to mark the beginning of this auspicious occasion!
Those of us who’ve joined the level 1 NaNoPoBlano Challenge have committed to blogging EVERY SINGLE DAY for the month of November.
So why do we do this? Well, I’ve only been blogging for a week so I can’t really claim to know anything or toss much out with any real conviction. But I do, of course, have some opinions (subject to change radically and without notice).
I think it’s about creating and connecting. Humans have a need for both. We’re a group that creates through words so that’s why we accept this challenge. But there are so many ways people create!
Yesterday, a friend posted something on Facebook that dovetailed well with my thoughts for this post. It’s a story about how Kurt Vonnegut responded to a group of high school English students who asked him for advice. This is part of his response….
“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.
Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?
Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.”
So, today, my answer about WHY we take on this challenge is because whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s a decision to feed our souls. It’s a daily act of soul-care that we all need in these turbulent times.
I hope you’ll join me/us for NaNoPoBlano month. Take a few minutes with a warm cup of coffee and feed your soul with some words from our group….hit the like button and let us know you visited.
Do something to feed your soul today. You matter! I’m glad you’re here!
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And so it begins….