This video I shot on my iphone, while snowshoeing near Lake Tahoe, California isn’t great cinematography.
For one thing, I was wearing thick gloves and carrying ski poles and trying not to tip over the snow bank on my snowshoes.
For another, I really have no idea how to shoot good video with my iPhone. Yet. It’s on the list of creative things I’d like to learn.
What I struck me was how fast the snow was falling (like rain, really), and how the yield sign in the distance says, SLOW.
With snow halfway up to the sign post.
I’m thinking, in wobbly state upon snowshoes, Yeah, as if anything is moving fast here. Except the snowfall.
the season of rooting
The theme for the 30 Day Journal Project launched in January, 2014 is ROOT.
I was hunkered down in my Mexico studio around Christmastime, (where it does not snow, thank you) really feeling a strong pull AWAY from goal setting and planning and all the stuff that typically goes with January.
Staring at a quote by Confucius in my journal, about cultivating the root, it simply felt more nourishing to turn inward and tend to my foundation, my roots, and let go of leaves and branches type outcomes for awhile.
Without really thinking too much about it, I asked a bunch of people if they’d like to do this with me, in the form of doing a little journaling together for 30 days. To see what might happen.
Within a day or two of designing the project (I only had 10 days from glimmer of idea to Day 1 of prompts) clarity began to emerge for me. What ideas and work to let go of. What ideas and work to say yes to – all counter-intuitive choices, by the way.
The process of designing and leading this project is work I love doing — every single bit of it. Big yes.
That so many people resonate with this idea and so many are participating, feels validating. It’s like the Universe is holding up a sign that says, Yep. You’re on the right track. Keep going in this direction.
This piece is number 16 out of 30 prompts, so now we have crested the halfway point.
Whether you’ve done one journal prompt, or none, or just now are reading about this project, I want to invite you to watch the snow falling in that video, and look at the sign: SLOW.
Think about this line from Rumi:
And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.
A lot of times the creative life, and our creative efforts look like this:
Slow, quiet, wobbly-on-snowshoes, crappy videos, and all of the best intentions to capture the joy, or irony, or wisdom that is in there somewhere.