Spring makes a statement.
Encouraged, my heart blossoms.
Johnny Jump Ups cheer.
This is my haiku offering to Carol Varsalona (@cvarsalona). She tweeted me an “invitation to find the connection between digital photography and poetic expression”; asking me to submit a photo and original poetry to be part of her “Reflect with Me, April Awakenings Literary Event”.
And from that …
On Day 3 of #100HappyDays
I celebrate leaving my cocoon!
In a cocoon, there is no dancing, no walking, no breathing, not even a wink of the eyes. It is comfortable and sleepy; an intense and very familiar home.
When we begin to examine that comfortable darkness – look at it, smell it, feel it – we find it is claustrophobic.
We want to stretch out and walk, dance, even jump.
from Chogyam Trungpa, “Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior”.
Though afraid to Jump.
I pushed off the reluctance
To write Spring haiku.
It wasn’t simple.
Reluctance with its comforting scent of status quo can tug hard at me.
Even when I know all the benefits of jumping and I want to jump, the cocoon calls.
“Jump” was one of my 2013 #Threewords. I wrote about it in the comments of Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter’s post. Thank you, Jacqui (@ValueIntoWords — Master Resume Writer / Sailor), for introducing me to the #ThreeWords concept.
But, I did not jump at Carol’s invitation. I tweeted to her that I was not a poet.
Does reluctance pull at you in the same way?
When reluctance pulls,
pull back fiercely;
pull it out like unwanted weeds
by asking these 2 Q’s …
(Q1) What am I protecting?
Is it Fear of failure? Fear of not being good enough? Fear of being vulnerable?
All three of these fears reared up when Carol asked me to submit a photo and poetry offering.
My first protective response was to share a true poet’s work — Stan Stewart’s (@muz4now) poem, “Spring: contemplating the black bear”. [Click through to read and feel the renewal. The poem begins intriguingly with “Hibernation is not really for the sleep.” ]
Although there was goodness in my protective response (Carol and Stan are connected now), it didn’t move forward my own personal growth.
(Q2) How Can I … ?
In his post: “The Question Every Great Leader Asks”, David explains that:
With those three words, you:
➤ Return focus to your own power and ability to act.
➤ Tap into the energy of your prefrontal cortex (the part of your brain that problem-solves and plans).
➤ Vastly increase the odds of finding a solution (because you’re looking for them!).
➤ Take responsibility and ownership for the one thing you can control — yourself.
I asked “How Can I …”
- Prepare myself to write poetry?
- Make this easier?
- Open up to vulnerability?
The answers gave me a trellis on which to grow:
- INSPIRATION came from from Barry Zweibel (@LeadershipHaiku) who writes leadership haiku such as –> When problems arise / your initial reaction / empowers, or not. #Leadership #Haiku [As an aside, Barry is looking for a publisher for his haiku. Can you help?]
- INSTRUCTION came from how-to-write haiku posts on the Internet. If you are feeling inclined to get started on poetry, read Carol’s post: “Why Write Poetry”.
- ENCOURAGEMENT from Carol’s tweet (“Jackie, everyone has words to give flight. Just send some thoughts & I will format it for you.”) which I embraced like sunshine to fuel the growth, the stretch.
- MENTORING came through @SWcareer (a TwitterFriend whom I admire greatly — a Marketing Executive turned Social Worker) via her poem, “Overwhelmed”. If she could be so open and vulnerable, could I not write a small haiku about Spring and share it? [ Ahh, silly me getting worked up!]
*** While you are there perusing Dorlee’s blog, stop and read another one of her poems: “How Does a Person Know Her Own True Self?”. Enlightening!
Carol took my offering with care and planted it in her post: “April Awakenings”.
I was delighted to see the garden of poets that Carol had gathered from mutual Twitter friends:
- Kumud Ajmani (@ajmaniK) — #Spiritchat Host and Founder of CFD Nexus,
- Samantha Hall (@Samantha_S_Hall) — Associative Thinker,
- Tom Rhodes (@tomj_rhodes) — Proud Parent and Grandparent,
- Emelia Sam (@EmeliaSam) — Soulgasm seeker and HuffPost blogger and of course,
- Stan Stewart (@muz4now) — Musician and Poet — and
- Carol Varsalona (@cvarsalona) herself — Lifelong Learner, Co-Moderator of NYEDChat.
Click and discover more about these creative and kind people through Twitter, their blogs or websites; let them infuse you with their fragrance of encouragement and ideas — you will be intoxicatingly uplifted.
My final thoughts:
Don’t let reluctance lull you back to sleep.
Don’t let reluctance lull someone you care about to sleep.
Help them make the Jump!
Be that influencer. Be that motivator. Be the fertilizer.
Just as Carol did for me.
#TakeThisMoment to realize there is poetry within you to be shared. ~ Jackie Yun
- Do you have a story about reluctance and jumping?
- Have you written poetry that you would be willing to share here?
- What feelings came up for you as you read this post?
And what do you think about the #100HappyDaysChallenge? If you feel inspired to participate — jump in!
Love to hear from you!