THREE: Get Physical
No, this isn't a reprise of Olivia Newton-John's masterpiece. And to be honest, this is one that's worth some attention beyond the quarantine. You and I, we’re designed to be active and engaged in some form of physical activity. Not only do our bodies need that long-board ride after dinner, but our minds and our spirits need it, too.
"But I'm an artist, not a jock. I throw words and clay, not soccer balls!" Want to throw words with greater clarity? Want some fresh motivation for that next pot? Put down the bagel and the beret and go for a run.
It was nearly two weeks after launching into a morning workout before I noticed the shift. A clearer mind. A faster start to getting words on screen. That victorious feeling with each new productive day. Even a spiritual peace about the role of writing in my schedule and in my life.
I know, I know this sounds more and more like an infomercial, but seriously, exercise has raised the bar on my routine of sitting down with a cup of black coffee, some quiet time in the Word like Angelou or Lewis, a bit of journaling and ultimately my daily writing session. And all before the kids rise to storm our Foursquare. No doubt it's also been a grounding rhythm during this extended time at home.
Q. How are you staying active during this altered season?
Q. What do you think about diving into something simple for a start? An evening walk, short ride around the neighborhood, some early morning exercise to Olivia's super-hit.
Q. If a little exercise, walk or bike ride could guarantee a shift in your creative output in the coming months, would you take it on?
Even if you're anti-workout, maybe you're ready for a fruitful shift in your creative clarity, your creative habits. Do some research. Find out what your favorite singer-songwriters, authors and artists do to stay active and inspired... then give it a shot.