365 Creativity Project-Day 221

Journal entry:

Journal 8-17-20120001

You may have noticed the words: beat, pressure, and substance in the above journal entry. They are also in the poem below and I found them at Three Word Wednesday. You might use the prompt at that site as well.

Artistic Contemplation

Give yourself a few
Moments to consider full
Implications of
All creative work you do,
Is it worth your energy?

Ponder the substance
Of the items you create,
Are they worth your time,
Or do you beat yourself up
For wasting days on vain things?

Do you melt under
Overwhelming pressure to
Succeed and excel?
Do you accept the challenge,
Simply do your very best?

You must give yourself
Permission to follow your
Heart, creating art,
Fulfilling your need without
Worrying to please others.

Do not cause yourself
Grief over what everyone
May think or believe,
Creativity transcends
And brings its own ecstasy.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, August 17, 2012








I am grateful:

1.   I had Oreo cookies and fresh milk for breakfast.
2.   We have clean running water.
3.   I have comfortable shoes.
4.   The dishwasher keeps our dishes clean.
5.   Our dogs are great companions.

I hope you have enjoyed your Friday. It has been a very good day for me. You can make your day better by doing something creative now. You have the imagination and the creativity to produce a work of artistry.

For a prompt, write about success. Perhaps what it means to you, or how you approach it. If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your work in the comments below.

It is an honor to have you visit my blog. If you have thoughts or suggestions you would like to share, please leave a comment.

Jo Ann


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  1. #1 by ckswarriorqueen on August 17, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    There are so many great artists who never saw material success in their lifetime, yet their work lives on. What an artist does is nothing less than to channel GOD through his or her creative efforts. I agree with you, that the gift of creativity is its own reward. It is easy to forget that when you get caught up in materialistic pursuits.
    All of us– even artists– have real material needs; where we get lost sometimes is in forgetting the sacred nature of our work in order to pursue material compensation for it. This puts the cart before the horse. Being an artist isn’t a job or a career, simply; it’s a vocation, a calling, a destiny.
    It isn’t easy to follow your muse and be true to it. One of the things that I truly love about your blog, JoAnn, is that every day you remind me of the sacredness of this calling. Thank you for that. ❤
    My husband has recently been reading books by Abraham Maslow, a psychologist who wrote a lot about creativity and self-actualization. You might enjoy his writing. I find it very reassuring.

    • #2 by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan on August 20, 2012 - 7:42 pm

      I think one has to accept that as a writer or artist greatness may go unrecognized. I feel the creative impulse is God given and not really my own. I do what I do because it is what I must… even if no rewards accrue, I will have been true to the calling on my life. I am glad that message comes through on my blog. I hope I can encourage creativity in others.

      I will have to look into Maslow’s work. Thank you for mentioning it.

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