Today is day 108 of this blog and my project to write three pages in my journal each day, as required of the course The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
The number 108 is kind of a big deal.
108 in Eastern religions:
A mala (the beaded “necklace” from India used for praying) has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra. The reasons why are described beautifully in a little known book titled Eat Pray Love by an obscure author named Elizabeth Gilbert.
But more importantly, 108 in NBCs Lost:
108 is the sum of the numbers. That is to say that:
4 + 8 + 15 + 16 + 23 + 42 = 108
It’s also the number of minutes the clock in the Swan counts down before the numbers must be entered into the computer. More interesting factoids about Lost and 108 can be found here. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please do not start watching Lost now. Rent the DVDs. Start at the beginning. Thank me later.)
108 in Janice’s life:
Yesterday, also known as Day 107, I tossed a manuscript I wrote with my coauthor last year. Today, also known as Day 108, I pondered what went wrong. And the truth is simple. I didn’t put in the time. I wrote. Ya, I did. Sort of. But I didn’t put in a significant effort into the project. I’ve put a whole lot more into plenty of other creative pursuits in the last 108 days than I did in the entire nine months of that manuscript.
And it all starts with morning pages. Why?
Now get to work.