In Gayle Brandeis’ book Fruitflesh, I read that writer Opal Palmer Adisa buys herself a new plant every time she publishes a poem. What a powerful way to celebrate your successes. The first time I ever got paid for writing I bought myself a watch. I wear that watch everyday, and it does help me remember how good it felt that someone paid me for my words. It wouldn’t be practical to buy myself jewelry after every publication but the first one was special.
Today, think about celebrating your successes so far this year. How do you celebrate when you have published a piece of writing? or successfully completed your personal writing goals? It doesn’t have to be a purchase of a material item, as Brandeis writes:
“When we do something kind for ourselves after we open ourselves to creation, we create the momentum, the affirmation, for that creation to continue.”
What kindness can you bestow on yourself today? Now get back to work after celebrating you!
The Writing Nag