Monday post from Abby Henderson. She is a freshmen at Marian University and is currently studying Communication. She loves writing and has ample amounts of encouragement to extend. Stay strong, all!
One of the most underutilized emotions as it pertains to creativity is happiness. It is far too easy to channel all of our pain and sadness into our creation, but perhaps we ought to start challenging ourselves to use our positive emotions to bring about something of tangible beauty. Even Earnest Hemingway advised to “write hard and clear about what hurts”, but what if you chose to write hard and clear about what makes the corners of your mouth turn up and tears well up under your fragile eyelids from a boisterous laughter, so heavy that it leaves you aching but never would you want something so glorious to cease. Find happiness, allow yourself to dance amongst it, and see if any profundity procures.
Every waking moment makes space for new challenge
it doesn’t have to be this way any longer
that which tried, yet failed to destroy you
has, alas, left you that much stronger
All of this time you felt as though you were stuck
for on your knees you fall and stay
absent from your mind
was the initiative to pray
pray to whom or to what?
it really doesn’t matter
would you rather struggle or strive?
might I suggest the latter.
well, could you see it if I placed it right before you?
Could you feel the sun beams’ immortality bounce off of your ever-receiving flesh
I believe you could, if only you felt worthy
If only you could acknowledge the many ways in which you are blessed
Would you dance in the face of what you formerly feared?
would you choose not to taunt the things which left you weeping?
I believe that you would do what was right
and release the ill-will that isn’t worth your keeping
Can you look your demons in the eye
and run from the temptation that will only cause you pain
can you exhale all of your inhibitions
and can you learn to dance through this torrential rain
because this storm will never subside
in fact, it’s very purpose is to keep you perpetually saturated
but if you can discover a true happiness
the downpour can’t stop you from being elated