Last week my creative writing students were working from Julia Cameron’s book The Right to Write. After we read her chapter on the “drama” in our lives, we jumped into the initiation activity—finding an antidote to life’s drama that robs us from the freedom to enjoy our creativity.
Cameron suggested we spend thirty minutes composing a list of 100 things we love. Focusing on the positive raises our spirits. When we feel good, our productivity increases.
We had so much fun with the activity that one of my students suggested we transfer the list to our blogs. A list of 100 may be a bit much for our readers to sort through, so I suggested we focus on our Top Ten or Top Twenty.
My students inspired me to share my own list, so here it goes. I encourage you to add your own list to the comments, or maybe share a few comments about common interests we share.
Whatever the case, let’s take a moment to be thankful for the things we love.
MY LIST OF LOVES
Of course, God, family, and friends take top priority as the focus of the true definition of love, so my list includes the things that I love in a sense that they just make me happy. Happy is a good thing.
- In-depth conversations with my cat, Stevie Ray
- Going on road trips in my blue Mustang, named Elvis
- My close relationship with my Takamine guitar
- My telecaster, a guitar that changed everything
- Bohemian clothing, jewelry, and home furnishings
- Fire (candles, fireplaces, bonfires, campfires, performance art with fire and hula hoops)
- Candles with different scents for different moods
- Mosaics in rugs, jewelry, furniture, art
- Celtic music and art
- Spontaneous adventures to new places
- People watching
- Coffee shops
- Beale Street in Memphis
- Ghost walks and history tours
- Watching the sunrise
- Taking pictures of mushrooms
- Interpreting dreams
- The taste of lime
- Pumpkins (and pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin scones and pumpkin bread and pumpkin candles)