Before the end of 2019, I created a goal uniquely mine with one goal: to “have something to do every day that would help me feel better.” I remembered the past, when I would write haiku and post them on facebook before the start of the workday, one friend of mine enjoyed reading them and I enjoyed writing them. The number 377 ties me to writing one haiku – a Japanese form of poetry noted for being short and to the point.
I knew if I made it a difficult goal, I might run the risk of not completing it. I gave myself space to fail AND I knew if I paid attention and made sure I had a guideline to write before a certain time of day, I would have a greater likelihood of success.
In early July I had the idea to do a “sub” goal or a micro-goal. I created a specific intention within the initial one. This time, I was going to write a haiku poem every day at sunrise for a month.
I didn’t expect the potent impact this simple practice had on my life, especially since I had already been writing daily haiku for more than six months, everyday. This new tweak to the goal definitely put the entire project onto a higher playing field.
- Micro-goals rock: Small, short-term and do-able goals build confidence and make the process of accomplishment even more fun.
- Having accountability via public proclamation is both slightly intimidating and brings about an extra zap of love, hope and optimism. I used my facebook page initially. Now I share on other social media platforms and text to specific friends. During the last week of the month, I also share daily gratitude lists and invite others to share their gratitude lists, too.
Haiku 192 – July 2, 2020
trees hold a secret
golden laces weave their leaves
lone bunny watches
- Watching the first light of day is one of the most optimistic acts I can imagine during this particular point of our history. It is something I can trust.
- Falling in love with sunrise is akin to falling in love with life, falling in love with the place I live, and falling in love with the people who show up and engage with my posts.
July 14, 2020 Haiku 204/377
Mallard mama quacks fiercely
distant palm stands tall
- Grace is a dear friend who embraces me, everytime
- Doing unconventional things will attract attention and odd conversations.
- Standing on a creative ledge is inspiring even if we are simply doing it for fun
Haiku 208/377 July 18, 2020
poison loco weed
feels the magnetic charm’s call
time for you to sleep
- When there is no boss to create goals or tasks for you, you may become the best task master you ever imagined.
- My senses are improved because of daily attention and fine tuning.
Haiku 213/377 – July 23, 2020
silent old pump jack
sees another day begin
Skoal can on gravel
- When we are prone to documenting how terrible things are don’t get up and witness the sunrise every day.
- Witnessing sunrise is a potent non-chemical anti-depressant. Because I am well aware of the current news cycle in order to be an informed citizen, this sunrise haiku practice has kept me grounded and present as an optimistic realist.
Haiku 220/377 July 30, 2020
north of Edison Highway
proud palm trees stand guard
There are two days left for this micro-goal, even though July is almost over. After this, I will be writing seven days of Coffee Haiku, inspired by a friend I made on Instagram. After that, I may return to sunrise because it feels so good to be outside when it is still cool during a hot Bakersfield summer.
Which of these photos and haiku poems resonates with you most?
Julie JordanScott, the Creative Life Midwife, is a writer, a poet performer, a Creativity Coach, A Social Media Whiz and a Mother of three. One of her greatest joys include loving people into their greatness they just aren’t quite able to realize yet.
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