© 2014 Marica

The perfect storm

“The shower creates the perfect storm for the perfect idea.”
Mental Floss

The instant the water touches my skin my whole being changes. Calmness descends and clarity emerges. So many things I have been wrestling with pour out of me like the water streaming from the shower head – rapidly and forcefully. I have no control of when this happens or what will come out. Ideas … words … solutions to problems … things I need to do … things I need to discuss with someone … content related to something I am writing either for work or my studies … things I had forgotten to do … the details of a new project … a flood of creative possibilities. It is a time when the impossible suddenly seems feasible.

This experience is exciting and frustrating all the same time. As quickly as these things come to me they disappear. They are such temporary moments of enlightenment. My challenge is how do I capture them so I can do something with them.

My family has got used to me running out of the bathroom dripping wet, marking out a sodden trail on the floor, as I search for paper and pen. I grab at anything that is available. In the rush I forget to put my glasses on so I can’t see what I’m writing. Later when I go to read what I have written I sometimes struggle to make sense of the jumble of words before me. I have to write fast before I forget everything.

My daily showers are relaxing and productive all at the same time. They are also healing – I love watching the water swirl around and go down the plug hole. I imagine that I have brushed off all my worries as though they were lumps of dirt and washed them away. I then imagine them travelling down the pipes leaving the shower, the house and our property heading towards some unknown destination.

Today is the last day of 2014 and I am happy to say good-bye to a year that proved to be very challenging on many fronts. Despite all this there is also a lot to celebrate. Tonight as we say good-bye to the year that been and welcome in the new year I am full of hope for what lies ahead. I wonder what will be revealed to me in the shower and where it might lead. I feel energy and the rush of adrenaline that a perfect storm creates. 2015 is going to be a great year.

Wishing you and your families a very happy new year.

Manifesto
19. Every day make time for yourself.
36. Every day be still. Connect to your inner being. Listen and be guided by it.
49. Every day is a good day.

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