Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for open


It's the A to Zed Challenge! I'll be posting the first half of the month from Ottawa where I'm staying with my youngest and his partner and their newest - a little guy who was born the end of March. Yay!

Theme? Writing and Life is what comes to me... how to balance the writing life with the other tugs you may have...

The ABCDEaria of the Writing Life
O is for Open 

What's that you say? Open means willing and able to contain more, to say yes, to be bold...

oh shag it - here are just a few of the many meanings that apply to this wildly huge word -
from, of course, The American Heritage Dictionary.

a. Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed.

All right? Got it? Open - for we creatives it means willing. I'm open for ideas, for the imagination...

or

c. Carried on in full view of others; not hidden or private: open warfare; open family strife.
or
8. a. Available; obtainable:
and perhaps my favorite -
12.
a. Characterized by lack of secrecy or reserve; candid: Please be open with me. 
b. Free of prejudice; receptive to new ideas and arguments: She listened to the proposal with an open mind.
c. Generous: He is very open with his time.
You do get it don't you? Why this is so important for a creative householder to be open? We simply must be - open to wide ideas and long views, open for complaint and praise, open for possibility and open for business. 
I feel it deep inside of me, this desire for openness, for a landscape so wide and wild and free that one cannot hide in it. And here I am willing to go out into the vastness....

2 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Jan - That's such an important quality! Being open prepares us for whatever and whoever comes our way. And that, to me, makes us stronger and more flexible.

Prem Rao said...

Lovely post, Jan. Richly enhanced by a most appropriate picture. Here thanks to the A to Z Challenge.