I was driving in Jade today, my beautiful Ford truck. I adopted her out of my love for the tough, the rugged and the exquisite. I wanted a truck to protect me that I could keep forever. An ol’ pal to listen to music with and take me wherever I need to go. She has no choice but to love the tiny bits of inspirational vibe I bring to her with unconditional love.
Yes, I know. I’m talking about my truck! I’ve never been so enamored by a “thing” before, but I am so much that I wrote a poem about her—taken from my book Sage Words—below:
Jade Illustration by Kimberly Taylor-Pestell
I had an important errand to run. It was pretty far, but it had to be done. I hopped in Jade thinking, whew… this will be a trek. But I was going to make the best of it, so I put on Otis Redding The Happy Song and that—and Jade—got me through.
All emotion comes from our thoughts, so if we change our thoughts, it will change our emotions. A chain reaction.
I arrived at my destination, and the music and optimisim paid off.
My newfound wave of enthusiasm was carried over when I went inside where I ran into a long time acquaintance. I was there to drop something off, but who knew he would impart THE BEST wisdom of the day to me.
We talked about a mutual friend whom we both love that had moved away. I told him about Sage Words, and then he told me about his personal poetry and how he stopped writing, but recently starting again. I told him, “Go for it! LIFE IS SHORT! Show the world what you have inside you and what you’ve written!”
He said I wasn’t the first person to tell him and shared a story with me. He told me how that exchange reignited the fire of inspiration.
He took a carpenter’s tape measure out of his pocket and explained this beautiful analogy of how a tape measure could represent a life span. He asked me what I thought was the average life span of a person in the U.S. and I answered “eighty”. He pulled the tape measure out to 80″ to represent an average life expectancy of eighty. Then he put his finger on the number of his age to show how many years have passed and how many years are left to go until we reach 80.
To see it visually like that gave me some perspective. I see that he was trying to illustrate my point and show me how EVERY ONE of us has to take advantage of EACH DAY. That life is short, and we need to live it to the fullest. Why should we wait? Why stop doing anything we love dearly and deeply?
Let your art take shape. Make your surroundings conducive to the warmth and purity needed to write, or paint, or play your instrument. It’s all about what’s critical to your mass!
For a physicist, a critical mass is the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. The critical mass of this nuclear material depends upon its properties, its density, its shape, its enrichment, its purity, its temperature and its surroundings. Similar to this is our own ability to achieve a self-sustaining reaction under certain conditions.
It’s easy to embrace our creative side when we’re children. Our “job” is to stay creative, engaged, laughing, growing and curious.
What threshold do you need to cross to “explode” into being and create further growth? Develop a new hobby. Sing. Dance. Draw. Paint. Write. Play outdoors. Exercise. Eat better. Plant a garden. Write poetry. Whatever you must do to make your spirit soar, DO IT. Your mass is critical.
Watch the chain reaction and feel the fullness it brings you. Your soul will thank you.