As I continue to read the Artist’s Way, I’m working through some of the tasks at the end of the chapters. The chapters I recently read were on nurturing our creative inner child.
Can you list five traits you like in yourself as a child? How about five accomplishments as a child?
I was hard pressed to do either! I feel like I was in my head a lot as a child. My brother and I are seven years apart, so in many ways, I felt like an only child. Some of the traits I came up with might be influenced by hearing feedback from others.
Accomplishments were harder. I recall things I participated in, but not necessarily accomplishments. And guess what? Most of my recollections were negative. Things you do wrong always seem to get the most attention!
For some reason, I didn’t want to share my responses with my Facebook friends. They are real people, so they somehow are more critical of me. That’s a funny perception, but it’s a distinction I’ve made between SparkPeople and the rest of my contacts. This is my safe space, whether real or perceived.
So, the the childhood traits I appreciate are: observant, pensive, witty, athletic, good speller.
And the accomplishments: Perfect attendance in 6th grade, caught smoking behind the portables, made a nightstand in wood shop, first ride in a police car after ineffectually trying to vandalize a split rail fence.
If you’re so inclined, share your answers below or journal about them in private.