It is just past the first half of the first month of 2013.
I love New Years because, somehow, although it is just a date change, really, it feels like a chance for a do-over. The closest thing real life offers to an Undo/Redo key.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with the things I did in 2012. My God! I wrote 600 pages of iPad art instruction for one thing. One of many things.
But, I always think there may be a better method of doing the same thing.
For example, that iPad thing was a book of the month club, and why I thought that was a comfortable schedule, I’ll never know. It resulted in a fabulous body of knowledge that a person can’t find anywhere else, and which has the potential of enabling artists in ways that no one ever dreamed of, so it is a good thing.
But maybe I didn’t have to “hurry”.
I’ve been thinking about the phrase we ALL use ALL the time:
“In a Hurry”
Aren’t we all.
But I am thinking that’s not so good.
We are in a hurry so we can fit a lot in, get a lot done, feel accomplished.
But, in truth, we are not fitting more in.
There are a finite number of minutes in every day that we can fill.
We can fill them with intensive experience of a few things, but if we overload the things, we decrease the experience of each of them – because there are just so many minutes to go around.
Also, when we are “in a hurry”, we are actually “in” something. It’s an altered state that’s not so great.
Our physiology and psychology don’t like being in a “hurry”. It is not comfortable and ALWAYS produces stress, which is the worst “dis-ease” we can have.
Everything we experience when in a hurry is fogged over and shallow. It’s not as much fun, and we don’t remember it. How many times have you said “What!?! It’s Friday already?”
Where did that week go? I’ll tell you where. It went into oblivion and it won’t be back.
So, my only resolution for 2013 is to not be “in a hurry” about anything. Period.
So, far, it is working so well that I am amazed.
I finished the final workbook for iPad Studio and enjoyed the whole process. That workshop is now complete, and ongoing, and the best gift you can give yourself if you have an iPad. It is a self-paced workshop – in a classroom where students share their work, ask questions and get answers. You can sign up anytime and proceed at your own pace through the 11 Workbooks.
I have launched the Inktense Workshop (it goes 12 weeks so you can jump in anytime), and because I am not in a hurry, it has launched me back into real world art media in a big way. I am loving it. The sketch at the top of this post if from the first page of my new 2013 Journal. Done with Inktense pencils.
I am writing to you from Abilene, Texas.
My trip is to attend the Dallas Gift Show, but it’s a 10 hour drive to Dallas, and I decided to take two days and not hurry.
I was even all packed and ready to go ahead of time. That was really amazing.
And I am not hurrying off this morning. I am writing this post instead.
Do you think you could slow down and get more out of your life?