Saturday, December 06, 2008

Wild Woman of Queens: Notes on Urban Creativity from across the East River.

Rededication Sandra Lee Schubert 2008

Wild Woman of Queens
: Notes on Urban Creativity from across the East River.

Sandra Lee Schubert


Sunday, November 30, 2008 my beloved Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine was fully open after a devastating fire nearly destroyed it seven years ago. The service of rededication was grand, sweeping spectacle of ritual. Maybe religion isn't your thing yet one couldn't help but be awed by the sight of the fully open and sparkly cleaned Cathedral.

As a physical space it is amazing. It is still being created, unfinished, it holds both the foundation of creation and its possibilities. That got me thinking about creation and do we need a service of rededication in our own lives?

There is so much change going on in world right now. The US will have a completely new administration, basing itself on the platform of change. The economy has pulled the proverbial rug from under us and many are in a financial free fall.

Panic would be easy and reasonable at the moment but may not be the most helpful response to recreating our lives. Faced with devastation we can rebuild our lives one day at a time. Dealing with my own layoff I had to make a choice about how I was going to deal with it. I opted to take the track of the Cathedral and use the opportunity to create myself anew.

To that end I am rededicating myself to my creative life. What can you do as a part of a rededication ritual? Maybe you would like to rededicate yourself to your art, your family or to a favorite cause.

We are coming up to a new year and it is a perfect time to reclaim your life and rededicate yourself to a brighter future.

Sandra Lee Schubert is a creative vagabond, a poet, writer and dabbler in the arts and online entrepreneur. She co-facilitates the Wild Angels Poets and Writers Group at the historic Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. She is also the creator of the e-course, Writing for Life: Creating a Story of Your Own. Visit her blog: Email her or @writing4life via twitter.

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