So now that you’ve committed to Owning Pink, surely you’re piling things onto your itinerary in the coming days and months that will help you Own your Health, your Spirituality, your Creativity, etc. You’ve scheduled doctor’s appointments, signed up for a meditation retreat, you’re answering the three questions in your journal, and you’ve sent out the call to your Pink Posse to gather for a Mojo Monday assignment. (Okay, so maybe that’s a bit ambitious. I don’t want mojo to be yet another thing to add to your To Do list. But I hope you’re at least marinating on the whole idea.) There’s no better way to get your mojo back than to make some firm dates with your inner Pinkie. While you may be determined and eager not to stray from the path to mojo, what about those moments where we’re grabbed by something that’s not on the agenda, but nonetheless speaks directly to your Pink Goddess?
This Memorial Day weekend, I experienced just such a moment. I was off to the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco with my family to re-stock on lots of leafy goodness to turn into green juice. At least, that was the plan. On our way into the market, out of the corner of my eye, I saw … this guy. I was intrigued, to say the least, and had to find out more.
Zach Houston, local street artist and proprietor of “The Poem Store,” will take whatever topic catches your fancy and spin it into a prolific poem on his old-fashioned, powder-blue typewriter, right there where you stand (street corner, art gallery, farmer’s market … wherever he happens to be). And stand I did, for almost an hour, enthralled and fascinated. A whole queue of people waited for Zach to immortalize them with his inspired verse. The farmer’s market and all my good intentions to Own Health were momentarily put on the back burner.
When it was our turn to have Zach paint our poetic portrait, my daughter Siena requested the curious topic, “60 Pages.” I, of course, wanted a poem about Mojo. It was no problem for Zach to accommodate both of our requests into one gorgeous Pink poem:
sixty pages of making mojo later
skin and all content will Siena
while your incantation & name
might maybe mean read the all
bell clock gesture of she
the little pink three
year old back pack
has her more jo
no coffee but
How cool is that? After gratefully receiving the masterpiece and chatting a bit with Zach (and promising to give him a shout out on Owning Pink!), my husband alerted me to the fact that we had approximately three minutes left on the parking meter, and if we still wanted some veggies to juice, we had to hustle! I raced through the farmer’s market loading up with kale, sprouts, and nettles, spending just a fraction of the time I had set aside for what I thought would have been the central and inspired activity for the day.
Turns out, though, the inspiration I was in search of didn’t live at the main event. Not this time. Just outside, Zach and the people who would become the subjects of his poetry filled me with a sense of fascination, inspiration, community, and zeal that I’d gone to the farmer’s market to experience. And so, while my body is being fed with delicious green juice this week, my spirit and muse will also be nourished and delighted by this strange and spontaneous encounter.
The lesson? Keep your eyes and minds open, Pinkies! You know what they say about best laid plans. When you walk out your door, intend to experience the essence of Pink and know that there are a number of different ways Pink might happen to you – some might be unexpected, and even odd. Perhaps on your way to a writing retreat in the woods, you get a flat tire where there’s no cell phone reception. Ugh, SO not the plan, right? Well, what if the person who ends up giving you a ride to the service station happens to be a local farmer who tells you about how you can grow organic produce in your back yard? What if it’s a shaman who does vision quests? Look for the Pink in the situation, and follow your intuition. As long as you set out to Own Pink through inspiration, creativity, connection, and celebration, there are no wrong turns along the path. It’s wonderful to have an intention to start out the day or week, but don’t forget how enriching the surprises can be too.
With unexpected waves of Pink Inspiration,
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