As stated in the book, Writing for Self-Discovery: Creating Breakthroughs –
In this book you’ll learn how you can use writing to discover what you may not even know about yourself. It is most likely that you will experience breakthroughs in relationship with yourself and others as you get into the practice of free-flow writing. You’ll get access to a method for anger release and stress management as well as lightness and play. Freedom becomes real when you expand your communication and connection to yourself and to others – all the while being creative.
Transformation or Corrosion
Outdated, ugly, past my prime and usefulness
Corroded with rust
Broken metal has sharp edges
What’s the point?
Why am I still here?
How long will I last?
Oh… There she is.
That’s Sheila with her camera.
I hear that through her lens
She discovers great beauty sometimes.
(Am I beautiful?)
Certainly she captures things of interest that most people miss.
The thing she says she most enjoys
is when others start seeing more also.
I am now content.
I know I have a place in the world, on the web, in your memory
Matters not that my memory’s gone
I can’t even recall what my function was
I’m sure I must have made a difference AND
NOW I can rest, for sure, knowing that
Something has been captured here
That will alter the way many of you
start perceiving new and differently
Transforming pieces of your own lives.
(Hmmm. Was I a transformer?)
One of the other tools I use for self-discovery, in addition to writing, is the camera for taking photographs of whatever catches your eye. I call them “Eye (I) – Catchers“. You can use them simply for appreciating the noticing and you can expand on them, if you wish, by writing to, or from, them. I say “to” because at times my writing winds up personifying the image as exemplified above.
The rust and the shape, along with curiosity as to what it was, had me photograph the image below when it caught my eye. Though I did nothing with it in the immediate, about a week later I was feeling slightly depressed and thought of this image.
It seemed to fit my state, so I opened it on my computer and wrote. When I was finished, I felt uplifted and affirmed, reminded of my impact on others.
It all resulted simply from letting the words flow as they came with no specific expectations.