I am the master of procrastination. I never do today what I can put off until tomorrow. This includes doing the things I want to do as well as those I find onerous. Truth be told, I am more likely to do the onerous before the pleasurable or personally enriching. Well, I have to admit there is a certain measure of gratification in doing the onerous, like laundry or scrubbing the toilet or picking up doggie doo. At least something has been accomplished!
While the above may be something of an exaggeration, there is definitely a large kernel of truth in it. I do put off doing what I really, or at least say I really, want to do. One of them is showing my creative photo work in local galleries. I've done it a couple times now and it was a pleasurable experience. I've even sold a few things. Selling the images is not the goal. Having people view and appreciate the images is. The most wonderful thing someone can say is, "I like that." Aah, be still my heart!
So I am getting on with it. I've said that before I know, but once again, I'm going to do something with my "artistic endeavor." I'm putting this image into the members' exhibit at the Riverside Community Arts Association Gallery downtown. It is one of my favorite creativities. I even sold a copy as part of fundraiser at my church last spring. That was an ego boost and spur onward.
So the point is that sometimes we just have to get out of our own way and get on with it. Everyday offers a new chance to move forward. I have a little book called Show Your Work by Austen Kleon. Basically it about sharing your work and putting out there. No good hiding it under the proverbial bushel basket. So there you have it. Getting on with.
Now to get back to those drooping memoir writing ambitions. A little attention is like water to a plant: a simply yet vital need. It's funny how quickly things come back to life with a little TLC.