This week I spent some time rereading parts of Tom Romano’s book, Write What Matters. This book is an invitation. An invitation to seek advice about creating a writing habit, to find ways to build your confidence as a writer, and to find your voice through writing activites and examples.
I want to share a few thoughts from the chapter “Seek Surpise.” Tom suggests to “take note of surprise in your daily living.” He encourages us to “be alert to surprises, however subtle. Life, relationships, work, and writing itself increase in pleasure and purpose when we take note of surprises.”
Isn’t summer the perfect time to seek surprise? Maybe it is sitting on a porch or patio and watching nature. Maybe it is lauging at the antics of a young child or an elderly person. Maybe it the surprise in our thinking as we put words down on the page.
In the book, Tom states that his notebook has a place to record the surprises he encounters. I decided to create a similar space using some “creative journaling.”
Leigh Anne lives in hot and humid southern Indiana and teaches 6th grade language arts. She is looking forward to some beach time, and maybe…just maybe she will find a few surprises along the way.
So my first surprise was that you are halfway through summer vacation and Friday was my last day of school. I am just beginning the slow down to summer.
This idea of recording and noticing small surprises throughout your day connected to my gratitude journal. I noticed that what I record are often the small positive surprises of each day- the beautiful hydrangeas in bloom, a cool breeze across my neck on a 93 degree humid day, a note from a friend in the mail or the relief of the school year ending.
I thought this may make a great summer notebooking challenge- Seek Surprise- what made each day of summer break. I can begin on Monday.
Enjoy the 2nd half of your summer as I embrace the beginning of mine.
Oh, I love your summer challenge idea. I do believe there is a connection between gratitude and surprises! I hope you keep me posted on your summer surprises.