Stirring the Creative Pot

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Prompt:  Together

Running and creativity go to together like spices in a pot of soup.  Running stirs the pot and brings all the yumminess that might be resting on the bottom up to the surface and spreads the flavor throughout.    I can’t fully taste the potential until I stir the pot a little bit. So I run and I stir.

As I thought about this concept the other day, I remembered a quote I once read from Julia Cameron.

“Daily writing, writing simply for the sake of writing is like keeping a pot of soup on the back of the stove: it is always there, always ready to be tasted, always ready to be added to, always nourishing, savory, life-sustaining. Like soup, your daily writing doesn’t have to be fancy. A few simple ingredients are enough.”

Running stirs my creative pot and brings the ideas together.
What stirs yours?

22 thoughts on “Stirring the Creative Pot

  1. Alison Treat

    I’m a runner, too, but I really don’t use it so much for stirring the pot. For me, the more I practice, the more I keep up with morning pages, the more flavorful that pot of soup becomes. Those few simple ingredients go a long way. I love Julia Cameron, too. Great post with a unique spin on the word “together”. Stopping by via The Gypsy Mama.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks for coming by Alison. I agree, practice is key. But, I need to step away on a regular basis and stir my pot. A little distance sometimes adds a fresh tasty perspective!

  2. Laura

    Love the Julia Cameron quote. Hate running. I stir my pot in the mundane quiet moments, cooking, showering, driving. There is always something simmering. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Shelly Miller

    That quote is great. I’m not a runner but I take walks and they do stir the creativity for sure. It’s the way I get perspective. Nice thoughts in five minutes today. Have a great weekend.

  4. Kate Mckimmet

    I love this – to have that “soup” on the back burner but remember to add to the ingredients and stir the pot once in a while! I too believe it is the daily practice of writing that brings the flow of expression and ideas to me. I love to walk in God’s great big creation and process my thoughts, then the art of committing pen to paper the old fashioned way can sometimes be a catalyst for creativity and spirit in good old fashioned journalling. Beautiful words you shared here today, thank you!

  5. Kimberly

    I’m a runner too, but I try to use that time to let my brain rest:) I do find that running is a physical way to express what I do mentally when I write. Focus on one step at a time, one mile, one word, one page. You’ve got me thinking though, about what stirs my creative pot…

    1. Eileen Post author

      Oh, I like that, Kimberly. “Focus on one step at a time, one mile, one word, one page.” So many beautifully lessons we can apply!

  6. mwc liz

    Visiting from Gypsy Mama’s blog.

    I love that quote, its a great thing to think about today. Scrapbooking is probably what stirs my pot. Redisovering memories and people and the conversations you had with them. Showcasing my memories lets the joy or those people wash over me and always gives me good perspective.

  7. Jim

    I’d say anytime where I am doing something a task I don’t have to think. Doing dishes, cleaning, driving to work (obviously I’m thinking but it’s not strenuous..haha). Lately I’ve been recording ideas with my voice app as I drive into work. I LOVE how productive that makes me feel! I might just put up one of my rants on my blog someday too 🙂

    1. Eileen Post author

      I agree…mundane tasks are often the best time for me too! I guess running and putting one foot in front of the other is kind of like that too.

  8. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – great points. I have no creativity whatsoever, but when my desire is to bring God glory, the words just run, I mean flow 🙂
    God bless and have an awesome weekend

  9. Caroline

    As with other commenters, this resonates with me! Running allows my mind to run and wander, too. I love this: “So I run and I stir.” Fantastic, Eileen! Great take on the prompt this week.


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