Today I'm linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. Our word this week is SING.
I love this prompt because I love to sing. It is an important part of who I am: when people know that I sing, they know me better.
I also love to write, of course.
Several years ago I went to the Maritime Writers' Workshop in Fredericton, New Brunswick for three days. (I wrote more extensively about that experience HERE). On one of the workshop days, the focus was Life Writing, and we spent the whole day doing various writing exercises related to our own lives, past and present. It was inspiring and exhilarating to share a bit of our own journeys and writing within our small class of 10 people.
Toward the end of the day, the teacher led us through a time of guided imagery. She invited us to close our eyes and visualize ourselves being led by a guide (mine looked exactly like Gandalf -- imagine that!) to a cave on the side of a mountain, where a great treasure lay; and that we were given one gift to take back with us.
I imagined that my gift was a white dove: it flew from my pen when I wrote and from my mouth when I sang.
I often think of that white dove -- a symbol of peace and freedom -- when I sing.
May the words of my mouth, and of my pen, symbolize that same peace and freedom when they are shared.
If you're interested, here is a video I put up on YouTube a couple of years ago; it's the only video I have of myself singing. (I recorded it in honour of my mom, who died in 2014 and who always loved this song, "John of Dreams.")