Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Sound of Paper


I usually don’t go for mushy, self-help-y type books, but given what’s going on in my life at the moment, I felt like doing a bit of guided reflection. For a brief shining moment, I thought I had sorted things out in my head and had started making positive decisions about my future, but this little health scare is making me rethink everything I decided.

So while Mr. Random and I were rambling in the bookstore last Saturday (because you can’t keep me out of a bookstore!), I was unexplainably drawn towards the book, The Sound of Paper: Starting From Scratch, by Julia Cameron. It is a book on how to unlock your creativity as a writer, but in the way it is written it has amazing parallels in rejuvenating the way you think about how you look at life and how you are living in it. After each chapter, there is a suggested writing exercise. So far I have been faithfully doing each exercise and not continuing on reading until the writing is completed. The fact of actually having to think about things and write about them on a piece of paper (not a keyboard) seems to be very . . . reflective? Devotional? Ugh! I can’t think of the correct word right now . . .

Anyway, here was one of the exercises:

Each of us has a different idea of sophistication. Each of us has certain items that speak to us as tokens of success. Sometimes in all of our striving, we overlook treating ourselves symbolically in ways that match our accomplishments. Take a pen in hand and number 1 to 25. List twenty-five things that represent to you sophistication and success . . .

OK, so I’m not going to list 25 things here, but I will list five:

  1. Having a room dedicated to being a library
  2. Wearing a well-tailored dark suit, with a crisp white shirt
  3. Having a cozy house that is comfortable, but good for entertaining family and friends
  4. Being able to afford to go to as many plays and concerts as I want
  5. Having very nice stationery and journals and a good pen to write with

Having a shiny, clean car that doesn’t have twenty empty water and juice bottles on the floor of the backseat, thus making it impossible not to be embarrassed to carpool with friends and coworkers (oops, that’s six . . .)

So, I ask my faithful readers, what things represent sophistication and success to you?

4 comments:

Virginia Gal said...

oh wow Random Kath - hmm...what represents sopistication to me? I think what you listed would apply for me. I'd love to have a home which is beautifully decorated - lots of bookshelves everywhere - art, a place where NPR is played and people can sit in a comfy sofa and chairs and have deep discussions. Does that make sense?
Another mark of sopistication for me would be to never have chipped nails, hee hee.

CSL said...

I know nothing of sophistication, but I can speak to success. Not money success, but life success. Being able to travel. Having boks around (I'm irrestibly drawn to bookstores, too). Looking around my home and feeling content with it. Having sons who will suddenly hug me and declare their love for me. Walking around in my faded jeans and feeling like sometimes life is pretty damned sweet.

J said...

I also would love a library room in my home...having a floor that is always clean...fresh cut flowers once a week...traveling around the world...

Why do all of these things cost money? (OK, clean floors don't really cost money, but I'm kinda thinking I want someone ELSE to do it, which costs money...)

Random Kath said...

Yes, it does seem that a lot of these things cost money, but there does seem to be a thread of how we want to make things most comfortable and cosy for ourselves so we feel comfortable in hosting and entertaining others - sharings our comfort, as it may be . . . just a thought . . .