Creative Writing – “When A Good Laugh Is Important!” written by Karen Robinson

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Karen Robinson at Creative Writing Therapy with Mind Australia - Northcote Town Hall October 2015 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson at Creative Writing Therapy with Mind Australia – Northcote Town Hall October 2015 NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!. JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

Our creative writing sessions have now come to an end.  This week we said our farewells to each other with the hope that in the future sometime, we may catch-up informally to talk about what’s been happening in our lives.  It’s somewhat sad but a necessary important part of our creative writing therapy.  Now is the time we take what we have learned about ourselves through our creative writing efforts, and put this new knowledge to good use.  Whether it be the practice of continued creative writing efforts and/or embarking on another kind of creative therapy, we know we are now in a better place than when we first started, and now better skilled to deal with what’s ahead.

 

WHEN A GOOD LAUGH IS IMPORTANT!

It was important during our very last creative writing session that we attempt to engage in a sense of cheeriness.  Our creative writing facilitator had us write a piece that was to be about something that was our favourite thing about ourselves.  We had 10 minutes to write the piece and at the end of that 10 minutes we were then invited to share what we had written – if we wished.  What I love about these kind of creative writing exercises is this, you never know what is going to pop into your head and be translated into the written word.  I am also amazed and intrigued by what others write and share as well, how their stories vary and how imaginative they can be.  Sometimes, the group’s stories can be sad, sometimes our stories can be revealing and insightful, and at other times they can have us laughing unexpectedly – which is always welcomed!

I wrote a creative writing piece on this last day that did just that, had everyone laughing with delight and I must admit it gave me a great sense of pleasure knowing that I was able to achieve this, on this our very last day of creative writing with this extraordinary group of people.  Below is my creative writing piece that was based around the creative writing facilitator’s request “about something that was a favourite thing about ourselves” and I hope you find it humorous as well – remembering that a good laugh about one’s self can be important!  It is titled ‘Favourite Thing About Self’.

 

No. 1 – MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 

No. 2 of 3 Art Therapy Session One - July 2015 'Self Portrait' by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson.JPG

No. 2 of 3 Art Therapy Session One – July 2015 ‘Self Portrait’ by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson.  It was created by outlining the silhouette on my face and then using pastel and charcoal to create this image on paper.  It was done during the art therapy session itself. JPG



Title:  "Favourite Thing About Self"
  

My grey hair colour is perhaps my most favourite ‘self’ thing!

It’s the only thing that’s gotten better

as I have gotten older.




The nice perky boobs have diminished

and given way

to the over-ripe melons

that sag and sag.




My once-lovely flat belly

is now a memory overwritten

by a lumpy, bumpy hill

that does not flatten out when I lay down.

It just sits there reminding me

of my middle-aged spread.




My once-muscular legs

that used to attract all sorts of admiration

from both males and females,

a noticeable gift from my mother’s DNA,

are now always hidden away, under long pants, in shame.




My skin that used to be aglow

with good health

and good looks

has slipped away

secretly, quietly

– never to be found again.




And so it goes,

as it must --

all that was favourite

has been taken by that thief,

old age,

and I am now left with one thing in exchange for my youth --

my grey hair,

a favourite ‘self’ thing!




Oops, I forgot.

I do like my brain.

It’s been working, not better

but differently,

and I can see that it is going to help me

in my ripe, old age.




Good bye, good looks

and thank you, brain.




Prose Poem © Karen Robinson, April 2016

 

 

WHAT ADVICE I WOULD GIVE SOMEONE IN A SITUATION LIKE MYSELF

Before we were to finished up this particular session, our creative writing facilitator asked us to write one more creative writing piece.  This piece was to be about “what advice we would give someone in a situation like ourselves”.  In contrast to my writing piece above, this was a serious and thoughtful piece.

 

No. 2 – MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

 


Advice I would give someone in a situation like mine…

Keep looking forward 
when looking back is too hard to bear 
and look back 
when you are stronger.
 
Whilst the pain will still be there, 
it will have hopefully morphed 
into a bearable medium to work with
as time marches on and on.

Take a moment in each day
to look for something
that will bring you
 some kind of joy,
 
whether it be joy 
for just a moment
or joy
for a greater period of time.
 
In time, you will begin 
to reward yourself 
by looking for more and more 
joy in the everyday.

And after some considerable time
some of your days will be full of joy, 
and the sadness
will only come
when you invite it in.

Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - April 2016

 

 

CONCLUSION

Thank you to Judy Bird our creative writing facilitator, Gillian Scaduto our Mind Australia co-facilitator and our wonderful group members – I will never forget our time shared…

 

Art Therapy Session No. 2-'Silhouette Portrait' by Karen Robinson Materials-acrylic paint on butcher paper August 7, 2014 photograph taken by Karen Robinson Images Copyright .JPG

Art Therapy Session No. 2-‘Silhouette Portrait’ by Karen Robinson Materials-acrylic paint on butcher paper August 7, 2014 photograph taken by Karen Robinson Images Copyright .JPG

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Written by © Karen Robinson, April 2016

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Creative Writing – “My Love/Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!” written by Karen Robinson

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3 of 4 - Creative Writing Story Titled 'My Love-Hate Relationship - A Human Condition!' written by Karen Robinson March 2016 NB Protected by Copyright Laws

3 of 4 – Creative Writing Story Titled ‘My Love-Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!’ written by Karen Robinson March 2016. Image of my computer keyboard with a show of chocolate Easter Eggs Photo graphed by me – NB Protected by Copyright Laws

 

INTRODUCTION

At my last creative writing session, our facilitator set us up with tasks to achieve at home, during the Easter break and up until our next creative writing group session.  We were to write each day, a 5 to 10 minute writing piece about anything. I was pleasantly surprised and rewarded for my efforts; it was a revealing and enjoyable experience and one that proved to be very therapeutic.

 

MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE

This particular creative writing piece below was inspired by my experience with getting my computer up and running again after crashing a number of times and not being able to successfully fix it myself.  It turned into a rant and it felt so good to get all my frustration and words of pent-up anger out into a written piece.  I actually really enjoyed the process and here is what I wrote

 

Title:  “My Love/Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!”

Part One:

If my computer was a person, I would have killed it by now – and had no regrets.  The amount of time and energy, I have expended on it, to fix several problems over the last few weeks, has been ridiculous.  Hate comes to mind as well – right at this moment, I hate my computer with a passion!  So when it decides to have a mind of its own, I tell it and tell it, that I will love and respect it, and I am grateful for all the times it has been faithfully assisting me in achieving my goals.  I constantly give it credit for doing a marvellous job, but at times, this flattery, does not seem to persuade him to realize, that when it decides to go off the rails, it just causes me all sorts of grief.  This love/hate relationship can’t be good for me for sure!  But I keep persisting, in the hope, that if I can pretend to be kind and thoughtful that perhaps, just perhaps – he will be cooperative and just work without a problem.  Perhaps chocolates are the answer, I’m desperate – hey computer what about chocolate, do you like chocolate? I think I have gone mad!!!

 

1 of 4 - Creative Writing Story Titled 'My Love-Hate Relationship - A Human Condition!' written by Karen Robinson March 2016 NB Protected by Copyright Laws

1 of 4 – Creative Writing Story Titled ‘My Love-Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!’ written by Karen Robinson March 2016 NB Protected by Copyright Laws

 

Part Two:

The chocolates didn’t work!  My computer is still not working to its best capacity – actually what I really want to say, is that its performance is shit, and I am sick of it, at the very least!  My love/hate relationship with it is stronger than ever and much more hate than love.  I proceeded to contact the Microsoft Technical fairies on Remote Assist for the fourth time and praying that if they wave their magic wand again, that all would be good once more, but alas – I discovered that this was not going to be the case and my computer still remained defiant.  It’s on the blink again!

Like I wrote before, if my computer was a person I am sure I would have killed it by now, no jokes that is how frustrated I am with him and yes, it has to be a him!  Or should I write hymn, a prayer would do nicely right now, perhaps that could influence my computer to get back to working like a responsible, good computer.  It has tested my patients to no end and I find myself sitting here observing the actions of the Microsoft Technical fairy, skilfully working his magic to rectify what seems to be an unfathomable problem.  There has been a number of Windows 10 operating systems installs and re-installs, along with a number of Windows Office 365 installs and re-installs; and my communications with the Microsoft Technical fairies via my mobile phone and via Remote Assist on the computer – has been very cordial which I have appreciated.  I myself have been very restrained, trying desperately to be extra, extra nice in the hope that my attitude towards the Microsoft Technical fairies will result in a perfectly behaved computer but no, no such luck – time to tear my out my hair or go hung myself, or slit my writs…no all too dramatic I know and extra silly – back to chocolates then perhaps?

 

Part Three:

While I am waiting, waiting for the Microsoft Technical fairies to wave their magic wand and fix my computer, I am forced to write this writing piece, this arduous rant with a pen and paper. I mean a pen and paper, how antiquated is that – just unforgivable computer!  So hopefully when this time draining fiasco is over, I will be back to my old self enjoying my computer privileges.  But the first thing I am going to do when all is working well with him, him being the computer, I think I will just resort to shutting down my computer – yes shutting it down!  I will be plainly ignoring it for a while, as a form of punishment for all the stress it has made me endure.  I know, I know – there are much more important things in the world to be moaning about, to be appreciative of – please forgive this rant. Back to chocolates, it’s Easter…yum chocolate Easter eggs!

 

4 of 4 - Creative Writing Story Titled 'My Love-Hate Relationship - A Human Condition!' written by Karen Robinson March 2016 NB Protected by Copyright Laws

4 of 4 – Creative Writing Story Titled ‘My Love-Hate Relationship – A Human Condition!’ written by Karen Robinson March 2016 NB Protected by Copyright Laws

 

Part Four:

My computer is now working beautifully and all is, as it should be.   And yes, I love my computer once again – well until the next time it decides to be a pain in the ass!

The End!

© Karen Robinson, March 2016

 

CONCLUSION

Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement.  And perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people.

For me, this particular writing piece was all about releasing pent-up frustration and dismay.  The creative writing task gave me a way of dispensing of that energy, that frustration in a positive manner rather than taking it out on the Microsoft Technical fairies, or my dear husband, or my poor old dog called Jessie.  By the end of the above writing piece, I was all good to go – no more angst about my computer … creative writing as therapy at its best I feel.

Written by © Karen Robinson, March 2016

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