Dorothy’s Hunger Heads to Flow
Dorothy’s hunger is real. And we all know why: her last bite to eat was a crueler that Antie Em brought out to her and the farm hands. She has fled and returned home with Toto. She’s weathered a storm, a curious ride inside a cyclone, and an encounter with not one, not two, but three witches! She’s given a gigantic lollipop from the Lollipop Guild members, but didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy it. And, she has met and helped Scarecrow. Let’s face it – Dorothy is famished. And that hunger is what leads to action.
Hunger is a Powerful Motivator
Hunger leads Dorothy, now with Scarecrow, down the Yellow Brick Road to an orchard of apple trees. But, Dorothy being Dorothy, she forgets she isn’t in Kansas. She reaches right up and snaps what appears to be a MacIntosh, right form the branch. Nothing seems unusual about that action, except the tree is under the Wicked Witch of the West’s spell. And as such her hunger is met with a slap of the hand and a gruff reply: “What do you think you are doing?” She is in shock and dismayed that a tree would slap and talk to her. “I forgot that I’m not in Kansas,” she says almost to herself. Dorothy and Scarecrow flee after Scarecrow insults the brut of an apple tree with, “Com’n Dorothy, we don’t want those apples. They probably have little worms in them!” The shocking incident seems to quell her hunger, yet onward the travelers to meet the other characters along the road.
We’ve all had cravings at times. Our hunger may be creative. And, like Dorothy, we may have been insulted or deprived of our means of satisfying that hunger by an unwitting friend a jealous teacher, or a uneducated parent. Perhaps we, too, had something on us, like Dorothy’s lollipop, which we have forgotten about in the chaos of an event. We keep heading forward in a flow driven by hunger where our senses are heightened. And our feelings may become raw.
How do you satisfy creative hunger? Take out your journal and make a list of 20 ways you can soothe your yearnings with simple activities. Here are a few to help you along with the task:
- sketching in a notebook
- skipping stones along the shore
- walking through a local museum
- using good china for a cup of tea
- writing a silly limerick or two
Here’s to growing your flow!