My New Year’s resolutions have been made and clearly stated. First, “Stop shaming myself”. (read my post “A Cup of Kindness” for more) Second, “Stop spending so much time playing Solitaire”. I realize that organizing cards and Mahjong tiles is not a bad thing necessarily. I get a certain satisfaction out of putting them all to rights or trying again until I do. But it’s kind of an OCD thing, too, so I don’t want to get sucked into doing it when I could do something else. Like bring chaos to order. I’ve been researching right brain/left brain behavior a bit (I recommend Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk “My stroke of insight”), and I’ve decided that I need to exercise my right brain more. My creativity — expansiveness, inclusion and collage-thinking. Here’s an exercise I came up with: take a familiar, well-known and memorized quote and mix it up. Use the same words in a different order, add new punctuation. Voila! Chaos out of order poetry. Here are a few:
“What twilight’s proudly gleaming light,
Early hailed by the dawn’s last ‘Oh’
We can see, so say at you.”
“The forefathers, four score and seven, conceived new, created and brought forth years ago,
dedicated in proposition to all men on this continent that a nation are equal – our Liberty.”
“No other shalt have me, before thou gods.”
“The beginning: the word, the word, the word.
God was God. And was. And was with.”
My daughter Emily tells me that Facebook provides a random generator to make something new of words you’ve posted, too. Hers are quite poetic. So maybe it’s not an entirely original exercise, but it’s a start. A beginning. A way to set off on a new adventure, to shed habit and convention and embrace the unpredictable nature of life unfolding. Stepping off into 2014 — we can create and uncreate a new beginning. What will chaos bring to you this year?