August 12 in 12 selection - Art!
Friday, August 10, 2012
I actually blogged about this on my Other Blog
a week ago - but I thought perhaps I would re-post some of that blog here, just in case someone wondered ...
My August pick is this:
8. Draw 20 minutes a day. I will never get any better if I don't practice every day
As busy as I've been all summer, I just haven't felt very creative or artistic. Yes I know - there is creativity in problem solving, creativity in making a work environment where other people can blossom, creativity in organizing (and yes, creating) a beautiful room (I promise - photos soon) out of a cluttered hot mess. But in the traditional, hands on sense of creating, I just haven't been there. I even took a precious day off 2 weeks ago and met up with a girlfriend with the intention of painting au plein air, but it didn't happen - we just used the time to catch up on each other's lives. But we did come up with the idea of doing a 20 minute sketch every day in August and emailing it to each other. (As all Spark People know) It helps to make a promise to someone else when I try to effect a change and yet, I'm still shy enough about my own skills and talents to go slow with something like drawing and painting. Also - doing artwork play is very difficult for me. I can easily spend an entire weekend scrubbing out dirty kitchens ... but playing with art takes more initial thrust than getting the Saturn Moon Launch up. We need not go into all the reasons why I have such a hard time letting myself do the perfectly innocent things I want to do - suffice it to say that I have to make a duty out of play before I can actually play. At least I do make it a duty - or part of a list - or a public commitment ... and once I get over the initial fear of getting caught out not werkwerkwerking, I sometimes get pretty good at this play stuff.
As for my other 7 habits - here's the score card on them
1 Track my food ---Habit
2. Daily prayer --- Not yet a habit
3. Drink enough water --- Habit
4. Exercise --- Habit
5. Compliment someone every day --- Not even close to a habit
6. Select a Big Life Goal and take one step towards it --- Not yet a habit
7. Charles Schwab List --- Habit
Not a perfect record but not bad either - and at least I can see where I want to put in some extra effort.
And as proof that I'm drawing every day - here's one of them.