Episode 389 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — cedar waxwings in the trees
In this episode of the CMP, continued musings on being in the midst of the current pandemic. Seven weeks in, we have settled into these patterns in so many ways, and some of them – like being able to walk up the middle of the road – are really nice, freeing, and open.
Noticing odd timing and the ways in which things line up…. and a morning of bird chatter that finally drew me to the window. I was rewarded by seeing a bunch of cedar waxwings in a tree on the hillside behind my house. They haven’t been back since. As with many things, had I not gone and looked that morning, I would have missed them. I hope you always stop and look.
This is a very short show, one in line with other shows (all with non-creative titles) during these unusual days, another on the way to the end of the 50 Before 50 list, and another in this long library of spoken stories through the years.
Note: In this show, I mention a funny moment in which I’ve been periodically considering an item that I know is popular. I don’t know that I’ve been super serious about it. Mostly I’ve just been considering. I’ve looked at sizes a few times, and last week, in the middle of the night, awake at an odd hour, it came to mind, and I thought maybe I should really think about this. I spent time looking at sizes and colors (and I would never be able to decide). There was irony the next day in seeing someone else in my circle mention this same exact thing. There is no need to try and sort out what it is/was. It isn’t really important. It isn’t really something I need. I know that. It was much more about the irony of the moment and the ways in which things like up weirdly at times.
It can be easy to get weighed down by everything going on, by the anxiety and the uncertainty. But there are silver linings and gifts. I encourage you to look for them.
(The looking, in and of itself, offers a different mindset. You might find that the act of seeking and discovering helps shift your perspective in meaningful ways.)
Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- Patreon page
- oamyoamy at Instagram
- Try Creative Bug with the Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days class
- Try Trello
A note about Trello: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)