Today I was working on a exercise from the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. In this particular exercise, I was directed to write down five imaginary lives. If you had five imaginary lives, what would you do? I went into this exercise with an open mind, and jotted down the first thing that came to mind. And it surprised me.
For my first imaginary life, I'd be a pie baker for a diner. Some home style diner on Main Street in Small Town America. I could actually see the diner in my mind. A long counter top, with stools filled with regulars. Several 2 and 4 tops scattered strategically in a small, but open feeling space. Bright sunlight drifting in through sparkling windows. A chalkboard above the griddle advertising the day's specials, including the famous blue plate special...served on an actual blue plate! Behind that counter, serving up coffee and pie, would be an older woman, wearing a starched uniform, and homey looking apron. Her name is Mabel, and she's worked there all her life. She knows everyone, and if they order 'the usual', she knows exactly what they mean.