By Rebecca Lawton
Welcome to Creativity Break, Sweatpants & Coffee’s new inspiration column. Based on the re-release of the popular guide Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life by authors Rebecca Lawton and Jordan Rosenfeld, the book and column connect the power of writing with creativity and attracting the lives we want.
Last time we identified you as your own best creative resource. We asked you to set your intention for your creative life. You took a moment to connect with your positive feelings about yourself and your work. For this week’s creativity break, we ask you to take a moment to share your love of home. This feel-good activity will give back to you many times over.
April is the month when we celebrate Earth Day. Specifically, we’re excited that Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth is 10 years old this year. Near the start of the film, he showed a photograph of our planet Earth taken from space. “Isn’t it beautiful?” he asked, his voice full of awe. The familiar sphere turned on its axis, as its shades of blues, greens, and ice whites shimmered in starlight. Those in the room with Gore echoed his amazement. Yes, it is beautiful. And yes, we love it.
We love Earth’s lush glades, waterfalls, shady hideaways, hidden patios, front porches, and backyard gardens. We love the rivers, lakes, and oceans we share with other creatures.
At that time, though, global temperatures had already increased more than one degree Fahrenheit since 1906, and 3 to 7 degrees were predicted to be added by the year 2100. An intergovernmental panel had announced that climate change is not only “unequivocal,” it is also 90 percent certain that we—humans—have helped hasten it.
Such news is frightening enough to scare us into paralysis. Or it can mobilize us to work for change.
Stepping up to that realization feels much like discovering a larger group of artists: “Yes, I love this work so much I come outside my solitary self to join with other people who do it. In this way I find myself.”
This week, salute the cool, green places you’ll seek out in the coming days of summer. Connecting with them will help you connect with your creativity, your community, and your world. Connecting with your cool will help you finish that first novel. Staying cool will help the ink and paint flow.
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Create from your heart, both on behalf of the planet and the sources of your creativity.
First and foremost, envision it cool.
Take a minute right now to envision your favorite cool place and time. Is it on the shady patio of a downtown deli? Feel a gentle breeze breaking up the day’s overriding heat. How wonderful it is to send out a “cool” signal—to feel gratitude for the kiss of fog or the relief of a summer thunderstorm.
Allow a full sixty seconds to envision it cool. Attract the feeling of refreshment!
Use your words for the planet.
The Sierra Club recommends writing your national elected official on behalf of the planet (find your representative at www.senate.gov). Why not use your talent to encourage action for Mother Earth?
Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. Capitol Switchboard
Don’t forget the love!
Always add love—whether it’s while you’re sealing the envelope, dialing the number, or listening to the reply. Send positive feelings for change as you affix the stamp, with a good sixty seconds of “Ah! I feel the planet cooling already!”
Then take that calm feeling and carry it right back into your work-in-progress. You’ll be glad you did!