This is just a friendly reminder to break out of your routines; we are all gently being awakened from our winter’s state and this is a great time for all kinds of shifts and stretches.  This week, why not plan an outing (solo or with others) that will stimulate you a bit.  It could be a trip to the museum, art gallery, park, cafe…whatever tickles your fancy.  But push yourself a bit to do something that you might not normally think of doing.

Maybe even get there in a different way.  Like, if you would normally drive, try taking public transportation.  Doing something different makes you more aware of your surroundings.  It awakens the senses and that little creative creature that lives in you.

It doesn’t have to cost you a dime.  If you’re so inclined, take a notebook and pay attention to words you hear, actions you see, animals you meet.  When it strikes you, write something.

One day last summer, my cousin asked me to pay attention to the animals and insects that I came across on my next walk.  (It was a lesson in animal spirit guides; she’s always teaching me neat things.)  I did.  I was practically tripping on my own feet because I was suddenly bombarded with scurrying ants, busy beetles, flighty butterflies and hungry bees.  Where did they all come from?  I came home from the walk and wrote descriptions of these critters and realized I could write a lot about a little ant.  My imagination was being stretched.

That’s what I’m hoping this task does for you.  Stretch your imagination.  Notice something new in something old.  Pay attention to life as it scurries by.

Happy Tuesday!