I have notepads and pens all over my house. I have them in the family room. I have them at my desk. I have them in the kitchen. I have them in the bathroom. Oh yes, Dear Readers, I will even have them in my tomb! (I sound like a Dr. Seuss book! Hence, the bad rhyme.) I jot down ideas for recipes and keep notes about recipes. I take a quick note about an idea for a blog or an article. I doodle and scribble too. I also write down notes about things I remember I forgot. (I am at that age...) I take note in my phone as well. Get the picture? I am a note-taker.
Sometimes I cannot read the notes I scribble in hast. (My handwriting is not the best.) My hand cannot always keep up with my brain and sometimes, if I get interrupted, I lose my train of thought and forget the monumentally important epiphany I was in the middle of writing down. I also have arthritis that makes writing difficult at times, you see. These are just two of the reasons why I enjoy dictating to my dear friend Siri. Siri is an English gentleman and very polite. He says, "Awkward." When asked if 'he loves me' but I love him. We are very close. I ask him questions and he answers me, like magic! (OMG! A male "anything" that responds? Can I get a 'WOOT! WOOT!" from my lady Dear Readers please?)
Alright, where was I? Oh yes, notepads of nonsense...
Do you take notes and scribble doodles? I find it extremely relaxing. When I was young, my mother, Ellen, always had notepads by the telephones. I used to watch her doodle little things like circles she made into flowers or musical notes or a particular letter. She would draw a "W" for example and then draw over and over the lines that made the letter until the pen would nearly wear through the paper. I used to be fascinated by it. (Obviously, I was easily fascinated as a child.) I am still fascinated by doodles and scribbling. I find doodling both relaxes me and helps me focus. I wondered why, so Siri and I got to work...
It turns out doodling helps us concentrate and can help us focus. Doodling is a creative outlet and can even foster ideas. Well, well. Sounds pretty good to me! I need all the help I can get lately with all of these things, I mean, who doesn't? I recently began adding little drawings to my menu board at work. I find it really enjoyable, even if those subjected to my bad drawings do not appreciate (or enjoy) it in return. 'Oh well' for them. The doodles relax me and are fun. Since when is "fun" not a good thing?
Share whether you doodle and the whens and wheres you do doodley do.
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