Today was one of those day’s I felt like a babykins toddler with my back flaps down going somewhere in a big hurry full of intention, but not getting very far.
I really don’t have a lot of photos of my early early years. But then again, there really weren’t a lot of photos taken back then and those that were have been distributed throughout the family over the years.
Yet it’s funny and ironic that this one survived and is still in my possession. It never fails to make me smile and as I get older I have to chuckle as I recognize how accurately it still kind of portrays me and my journey through life. Yep... That’s me alright, I’m on my way!
I was working on new clock hour classes all day today and wrote myself into a corner. I’m so so so close to finishing the next class but I can’t stop myself from editing, rewriting, and fidgeting with this and that. I hope I haven’t irritated my neighbors. I’ve been pacing and talking very outloud to myself all day and it’s a warm summer afternoon and my doors and windows are open.
It’s nothing serious, someday’s are just that, someday’s. I have a lot of experience with big projects, deadlines, making plans, doing intricate processes, strategizing, and creating. But sometimes, like today, I couldn’t shut that darned editor off. There’s nothing that will kill creativity faster than trying to be creative with the editor on. I used to teach this!
When you’re creating there is no bad ideas so don’t worry about spelling, grammar or anything, just rough it out as best and fast as you can until it’s all out there on the page. Then, and only then, turn that critical left brain back on and edit to your hearts content. Now that you have all the clay you need, create the shape you want to present.
So today is one of those eating humble pie kinda days. Like I love to say and say it often, “Practice what you preach and demonstrate it.” :O) So I finally put it down, walked away, and I’ll come back to it later. I’ll pick it up again tomorrow after our Activerain Meetup in the morning (July 22, 2016) and I’m sure I’ll be in a better creative mindset to finish this project after a fine breakfast and some great conversation with Charles Buell and a few AR friends at the 14 Carrot Cafe on Eastlake, Seattle.
Photo by: Mom
Date: circa 1951
Place: Renton Highlands