I’ve removed the political feeds from my inbox and replaced them with poetry from places like Rattle Magazine. Not only does it calm my mind, it keeps it in a creative place. Instead of encouraging me to yell and scream about things I cannot control, it makes the creation of new poetry likely, even little scratches in the dust like this.
I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about the inevitable nature of creativity and death. It is part of every moment in every string from this balled up humanity.
Step One, Hold Hands. Step Two, Don’t Let Go
Time is your partner
in all that you do
When it goes away
so. do. you.
Who was Gary Gnu? Thought you Gnew? Fool!
Be True to your Gnu
I teach motivation as part of my coursework in my Intro to College course, and I sprinkle it into many of my Critical Thinking classes. The other day I faced a pile of dirty dishes. That moment clarified just what each of us faces when it comes to finishing a task.
This short post goes out to all my fellow procrastinators. By the way, I stopped to write this while in the middle of finishing my media and retail sales lists for my publisher, Reedy Press. I was supposed to have them in by the 15th. Enjoy!!
When faced with a particularly heinous pile of dirty dishes, I took the rookie-actor approach and asked myself, “What’s my motivation?” After all, this is a home mess, not a work related occupational hazard. My inner director called up three approaches –
- External motivation – I need to clean this mess up before someone comes over and sees this.
- Internal – I need to get this done so I can work on those other project deadlines.
- Go outside, watch birds, and hope an elf does them while I am away.
I went outside. I watched birds. I chased a two-year-old around. I stepped in dog poop.
Eventually we got hungry. When we came inside to make dinner, those dishes were still there. But I was in a much better headspace to knock them out. Give yourself a pass today on beating yourself up about unfinished tasks. Go look at something pretty or talk to someone that knows you are already pretty awesome.