My ferocious appetite for doodling kicked in about ten years ago when I worked in a cube. (Technically more of a triangle…) Doodling while sitting in on seemingly endless conference calls, my focus and recall was always better than if I sat there and just “paid attention.” My belief is that the benefits of doodling are similar to any other focused meditative practice; calming both to the mind and spirit.
Image courtesy of marianmachismo on Instagram.
I see a lot of pictures on Instagram depicting this creative trifecta: tasty beverage, fountain pen, and a favorite Rhodia notebook and I always start to imagine the rest of the scene. Is it in a breakfast nook overlooking a small backyard pond? A desk in a cubicle in a noisy office? A sidewalk cafe in Paris or Istanbul? I think about what music (jazz?) might be playing and whether or not it’s being piped over a loudspeaker or emanating from a pair of earbuds. I wonder what will be written – thoughts for the day, a to-do list, a childhood memory, or impressions of where the person is seated and what they are viewing. I wonder if that’s their favorite pen and what color ink it contains…
Is it just me? Or do you wonder the same.
Image courtesy of Astromonk on Instagram
I received an e-mail from our Rhodia friend Bruce yesterday with an idea for a blog post. “Everyone has a story.” is all the message said. When I asked him to elaborate, he responded:
I have a very small house with no real desk space and my favorite writing space is where ever I find a comfy chair. I just prop the book open on my knee and I’m fine. (Which why I prefer journals with rigid covers.) I have been writing this way for so long, (5 years) that I probably would feel uncomfortable if I had a big wooden desk to spread out on.
Do you have a favorite place to write? To plan out your day, make to-do lists, etc.?
Image courtesy of Colin Harris, Digitalnative on Flickr.
Your Rhodia Driver began to appreciate the art of tea preparation while studying at a university in Tokyo, Japan. It used to be that it was not our cup of tea (pun intended). But that year-long stay in the Land of the Rising Sun, just opened up a new Zen-like experience for us. While there, we noticed how people drink tea, instead of just plain water. And we experienced first hand the art of preparing the drink. So it was a pleasant surprise bumping into ChaHai online. It brought good memories of that awesome year, that would profoundly transform our view of the world.
Flickr photos via ChaHai