“What an overwhelming lesson to all artists! Be not afraid of absurdity; do not shrink from the fantastic. Within a dilemma, choose the most unheard-of, the most dangerous, solution. Be brave, be brave!”
― Isak Dinesen
Choosing this quote for FIRE, I’m amused by how it sounds like a forward charge call to artists suffering from taking themselves too seriously.
As I meditate on it, it reads as powerful advice. Especially if you start it like this:
What an overwhelming lesson regarding all problems….
Sometimes the best ideas come when we’re not trying so hard to solve a problem.
Even the word problem as a certain heaviness to it.
I love the word dilemma that Dinesen uses in our quote today.
Dilemma sounds a bit more mysterious.
Dilemma rings of mystery.
When you hear of a dilemma, don’t you get curious about what it is and how it might resolve?
Psychologists call this reframing. It’s just how it sounds. You’re putting a different type of frame around the picture in your head. This helps you see and feel things differently.
Reframe until you find a word substitute that you like better than problem if dilemma isn’t doing it for you.
Remember That You Care
Trying so hard, too, is something that seems to automatically happen when faced with problems / difficulties / stuff to handle.
That’s because you care. You’re responsible. You take care of things, maybe even other people, and get stuff done.
Next time you have a dilemma to solve and feel bogged down, heavy, or overwhelmed, use the prompts below to add some mystery and curiosity to your brainstorming.
Add some humor by exploring the absurd, the fantastic, the unheard-of and the dangerous.
It doesn’t mean you have to act on any of the ideas.
But I bet you have a lighter heart and a a jolt of confidence.
These are the conditions that invite solutions to reveal themselves.
Two Heads Are Better Than One
It’s especially fun to do this with a trusted soul friend. Take turns doing the prompts on each other’s dilemmas.
All of this will serve you not only in making your art, but in meeting the dilemmas of life and work with more ease and fun.
Bravery will be a natural by-product.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
A dilemma I’m facing is:
It would be absurd to…
It would be fantastic to…
Make a list of 10 unheard-of, dangerous solutions:
Which make you feel brave? Alive? Bold? True to yourself? Circle them.
Do one, some, all, or none of these prompts, as you wish.
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FIRE: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
During the first journal challenge, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my writing for the day.
The 30 Day Journal Project Printables are designed to make your journaling quicker, easier, and more organized.
This is my lazy writing & journaling method. It works!
Included: 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs
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Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!