I'll be flying back to New Mexico tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) so have decided to celebrate the holiday by counting my blessings instead of counting calories. Topping the list are my two sons who presently live in Oregon and with whom I've been visiting during the past two weeks. My father and sisters are also in Oregon, as well as cousins and other friends and relations. It's a delight to visit the Pacific Northwest at any time of the year. That we're all still upright and on the ground, relatively healthy, and usually lots of fun to be with is truly something to be thankful for. As our lives change and we get older, our traditions also change. It seems to be less important to have prepared an enormous turkey with all the trimmings than it is to be gathered around a warm fire with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts. It's good to be alive.
In this month's Science of Mind magazine, there's an article by well-known author Elizabeth Gilbert in which she declares that we are all creative artists and encourages us to express ourselves. In her new book, Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, she describes the intersection of creativity and spirituality as curiosity. This reminds me of AMAG's repeated suggestions to follow my curiosity. They frequently promise that "skill follows enthusiasm."
Gilbert refers to a "curiosity-driven life," and this also echoes AMAG's teaching about letting ourselves move in very circuitous directions, even forsaking the step that most of us believe is necessary, which is to have a plan. Showing up every day and deciding to see ourselves and everything around us with new eyes, like one newly arrived on Earth can have amazing results. Instead of plodding along in the well-worn routes we've already mapped for ourselves, it's possible to wake up and ask ourselves, "What are you curious about today?" Then, as AMAG says: "Listen to your heart, feel the direction you wish to move, take action on your decision and see what happens." Good advice. I think I'll practice more of that this month. In the Celtic tradition, yesterday was the first day of a new year. Maybe I'll set following my curiosity as a new year's resolution.