So, here's how the question goes: "If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want to have with you?"
I am taking the course The Artist's Way. The course is a twelve week program outlined in the book of the same name by Julia Cameron. Our church is offering it while our priest is on sabbatical studying poetry in Europe (he and our church received an incredible grant--while he travels and studies, we mirror some of his activities here at home). Our group is facilitated by a woman who is a professor and therapist at the University of Mississippi, and I am thoroughly enjoying my journey through this process. I mean, I WAS thoroughly enjoying it until this week--WEEK 4.
Here is what I am being asked to do by this Julia Cameron person--NOT READ. For an entire week. Seriously.
I guess that I can understand her reasoning. She is wanting us to find some sort of clarity and to free our minds up so that new creative thoughts can emerge. But . . .
I can't NOT read. That is my definition of hell. It really is. This is my nightstand, and there are about ten more piles like this around my house.
I've thought about how to get around this:
*Give up reading blogs for a week
*Give up reading the newspaper for a week
*Give up reading novels for a week
*Only read right before bed
But that's not what she said to do. She said give up reading entirely for a week.
I was telling Katie about this (she's reading the book on her own and hasn't gotten to this chapter yet), and she asked me "What would be the benefit of not reading?" So I read her Julia's list of fabulous things I'm supposed to accomplish by not reading, a list that includes such things as sewing curtains, painting a piece of furniture, cooking, working out, listening to music, mending, sorting closets . . . And Katie said, "You do all those things anyway."
I said, "You're right." So I am hereby refusing to participate in this part of the process. Yes. I am a rebel. A rebel, I tell you. And, I'm going to work on my list of three books to take to my desert island--I may even READ one of them.